Our state is home to some great charter schools, but we in the state legislature needed to take some steps to ensure that the students at these institutions are receiving a high quality education. Legislation that was recently passed in the Ohio House, House Bill 2, will move to make some changes to this system.

HB 2, sponsored by Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), will make three dozen changes to the charter-school system which will improve oversight and accountability of the sponsors and the schools. Increasing transparency in these schools is crucial to ensuring a good education for the students enrolled there.

This bill is the first bill to offer a comprehensive approach to charter school governance in over a decade. The system is in need of an overhaul, and I believe Rep. Dovilla and Rep. Roegner’s bill does just that. These schools account for over a billion taxpayer dollars each year. Having an alternative education available to students who need it is important, but making sure Ohioans’ tax dollars are being spent in the best way possible to prepare these students for the future is also important.

HB 2 establishes new requirements for the sponsors of these schools, which increase transparency to the public. By keeping the sponsors more accountable, we can improve the quality of education that our students are receiving. Since they operate independently from the local school districts, we in the legislature must take these steps to ensure that charter schools are fiscally and educationally accountable.

I will continue to monitor this bill as it goes through the legislative process. HB 2 passed in the Ohio House and is now receiving further consideration in the Ohio Senate. I hope to see its quick passage for the benefit of the 100,000 students who are receiving their education in Ohio’s charter schools.

Please contact my office if you have any thoughts or concerns. I hope to hear from you on this issue as we continue on in the 131st General Assembly. As we work on legislation like this and the state operating budget, your input will give me a better perspective on how to best serve you as your state representative. 

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