Columbus- Today, 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. The bill aims to strengthen charter school accountability, transparency as well as create uniform standards with traditional public schools through the implementation of 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.
“This is not about the different approaches to education but the fundamental idea that every child deserves to attend a quality school,” Sen. Schiavoni said. “We need to be stringent on all schools in order to not only protect our taxpayers’ investments, but most importantly make certain that we are preparing our young people to be successful.”
Sen. Schiavoni will ask the Chairperson of the Senate Education committee to hold hearings on the bill when the Senate returns from summer recess.
Columbus –Today, Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) congratulated schools in the 33rd Senate District for receiving $975,250 from the Straight A Fund Program to improve STEM education through Project Inspire.
Senator Schiavoni was thrilled to attend the Finale Celebration of Tabernacle Baptist Church's Children's Defense Fund Freedom School to recognize the children who completed the summer programwith Senatorial citations.
Thanks to a decision by Federal Judge Peter Economus, Ohioans will have the opportunity to cast in-person ballots on the last three days before an election. This significant win for Ohio voters was the result of a lawsuit, OFA v. Husted, filed nearly two years ago to protect equal access to the polls during the early voting period.
Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) spoke to WYTV News about the recent passage of Senate Bill 310, energy legislation that moves Ohio backward hurting our community and eliminating jobs.
“I’m worried that by just calling it a temporary freeze that it may be a permanent freeze and that’s kind of the speech I gave on the floor and why I voted no on the bill. I think that we need to encourage any and all types of alternative energy,” said Senator Joe Schiavoni.