COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced he will be introducing legislation to create greater oversight in Ohio's charter schools equivalent to what is found in traditional public districts.
According to a news release form the Senator's office, the bill aims to strengthen charter school accountability, transparency as well as create uniform standards with traditional public schools.
The bill would implement the following:
Along with these new requirements, the legislation would also strengthen the charter school closure laws to prevent a repetition of failure in schools that the state deems unable to meet the necessary standards.
The legislation follows the recent introduction of Ohio's new school report card system that grades both public and charter schools on the same scale. A recent study by the Columbus Dispatch found that 87 percent of the state's charter school students attend a school that has either a D or an F in meeting state performance standards.
Sen. Schiavoni will ask the Chairperson of the Senate Education committee to hold hearings on the bill when the Senate returns from summer recess.