As your state representative, I believe that one of my most important responsibilities is working to ensure the availability of quality educational opportunities for our children. Charter schools are an important aspect of our educational system in Ohio. Under the leadership of Speaker Clifford Rosenberger, the Ohio House of Representatives made charter school reform a top priority for this General Assembly. House Bill 2, sponsored by my colleagues Mike Dovilla and Kristina Roegner, seeks to address issues of transparency, responsibility, and accountability of charter schools, particularly where sponsors are concerned.


In Ohio, 400 charter schools teach over 120,000 students. For the sake of these students, we must continually work to make improvements to our state’s charter schools. HB 2 is the most comprehensive attempt at charter school reform in more than a decade.


HB 2 will improve charter school oversight by addressing conflicts of interest, such as prohibiting sponsors from selling goods or services to the schools they authorize. Better oversight will go a long way in improving the charter school system in our state.


Charter schools account for over one billion taxpayer dollars every year. By including provisions to increase transparency in charter schools, HB 2 will help to ensure that Ohioans’ tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.


Ultimately, the most important aspect of any kind of educational reform is improving the quality of education for Ohio’s students, and I believe that HB 2 would do just that.   For example, the bill would require that contracts between sponsors and the charter schools they authorize specify performance measures, including state report card measurers.


As always, please contact my office on this and any other state government related issues. We must continue to work together in order to improve the educational opportunities for the students of our state. You can reach us at Rep36@ohiohouse.gov or by calling (614) 466-1790.

 
 
 
  
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