Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) released the following statement after the passage of the Columbus Education Plan, HB 167, by the Ohio Senate:

“The Ohio Senate passed an improved "Columbus Education Plan" thanks to my Senate Democrats--Ranking member Senator Tom Sawyer, Senator Nina Turner and Senator Joe Schiavoni--working with me to craft an amendment to insure we develop standards for the charter schools that may be sponsored by the mayor and to require that the standards be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education.

“Our Senate Leader, Senator Eric Kearney and the Caucus ensured that my concerns were addressed before supporting the bill as the state legislator representing the most Columbus school students, a native of Columbus and a proud product of the Columbus Public Schools (Eastmoor).  

“We are state legislators who have a responsibility to ensure that all children in the state receive a quality education that builds on the highest standards of excellence.  Our goal is to ensure transparency, accountability and public input.  I will be working with the mayor and others to: develop the standards; create community outreach education and input opportunities and; implement the recommendations of the Education Commission.

“The Ohio General Assembly will continue to monitor this and other school plans to prevent our exacerbating the inequitable and poor quality schools and districts across the state.  We will ensure that tax-payer money is not wasted on irresponsible, poor quality and under-performing charter, private and public schools and systems receiving public dollars – we owe it to Ohio’s children.”

State Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) and Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee also released the following statement:

“By working with members from the majority, we ensured a standard of quality for schools sponsored by the Mayor. Quality is the most important element in making sure all the children of Columbus attend high performing schools that will lead to successful futures.”

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