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:

Accountability

  • Require the state Auditor to do an annual audit of each charter school
  • Require charter schools to follow public records laws the same as traditional public schools
  • Prohibit charter schools from using taxpayer dollars for advertising, recruiting, or promotional materials

Transparency

  • Ensure that charter school teachers are evaluated by the same methods as traditional public school teachers and that they are licensed the same and are paid equivalently
  • Require that upon a student’s transfer from one school to another, the report cards of both schools are given to the parents of that student 

Uniform Standards  

  • Require that schools follow the same course of study requirements, disciplinary standards, and that school board members abide by the same standards

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.  

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Appointee Doesn't Meet Qualifications

 

I respond to the Aug. 10 op-ed “Democrats miss opportunities by not running in every race,” by Thomas Suddes, which mischaracterized my concerns about Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of Rick Hodges as the director of the Ohio Department of Health. I requested confirmation hearings in the Ohio Senate because I think Hodges fails to meet the qualifications for the job as required by state law.



 
 

Sen. Schiavoni & Rep. Driehaus Call For General Assembly To Take Action Now On Charter School Reform

 

COLUMBUS- Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and State Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) called on the House and Senate to pass reforms to deal with Ohio’s troubled charter schools.  Two recent incidents prompted the legislators to again call for public hearings on an issue the General Assembly has largely ignored.



 
 

Senate Minority Leader Calls For Hearings On Governor's Appointee To Lead Department Of Health

 

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent a letter to Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Sen. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro), the Chairperson of the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee, to formally request hearings on the appointment of Rick Hodges to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Health.   



 
 

Senator Schiavoni Renews Call For Stronger Penalties To Stop Illegal Dumping

 

Columbus – Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement in response to the sentencing of D&L Energy owner Ben Lupo who was given 28 months in Federal prison and fined $25,000. According to evidence revealed in court, Mr. Lupo instructed his employees to illegally dump over 20,000 gallons of drilling waste and brine water into a sewer that fed directly into the Mahoning River.