Columbus—Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) will introduce legislation in non-voting session today to stop charter schools from spending tax money on any advertising, recruiting or promotional materials. The legislation would level the playing field with traditional public schools that are currently prohibited from using state funds on advertising. 

“Charter schools should play by the same rules as other public schools,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “It’s time we end this double standard and focus state funding on learning and not advertising.” 

The legislation is in response to a radio advertising campaign launched recently by some charter schools to change the evaluation process for state report cards, to be released in late February, so they can avoid bad grades.

“Tax dollars should not be wasted on lobbying state legislators and the public to hide how poorly these charter schools are educating their students,” added Senator Schiavoni.  

Senator Schiavoni has a long-standing commitment to reforming Ohio’s charter school system to increase transparency and accountability.  He has introduced half a dozen charter school bills during his time in the Ohio Senate to protect taxpayers and ensure students receive the quality education they deserve.

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