The intent behind the creation of charter schools in Ohio was to provide students with an innovative and alternate way to learn the curriculum. The model has become very popular for students who need a more specialized learning environment or a specialized curriculum that is tailored for their success in college and their career.


In the past several years, however, some of Ohio’s charter schools have endured increased scrutiny amidst concerns of mismanagement and underperformance on the state report card. Although charter schools are run independently from the local school districts, these schools still receive annual taxpayer dollars for funding. This means that we must ensure that these schools are held accountable, not only to taxpayers, but most importantly to the children they aim to benefit.


This year, the Ohio House has worked to enact reform for these charter schools. Through lengthy conversations with all interested parties, we passed House Bill 2, which helps ensure these schools are able to achieve success. House Bill 2 improves oversight, increases transparency and demands accountability for all charter schools across our state.


Some of the provisions in House Bill 2 include requirements that contracts between sponsors and charters specify performance measures, and that monthly copies of financial and enrollment records be provided to the charter school sponsor, governing authority, and fiscal officer. Additionally, to prevent “sponsor hopping” the Ohio Department of Education must approve all requests from schools with poor academic performance in order to change sponsors. Finally, the legislation requires a sponsor, not contracted agent, to meet with State Auditor to review enrollment, financial records and audits.


Although the process for passing House Bill 2 was lengthy, I believe the result was a piece of legislation that will effectively help regulate our charter schools. When it comes to the performance of any Ohio school, the ultimate goal must always remain the same – helping our students. When our children are given the education to help them succeed, it helps Ohio as a whole succeed.


As always, I encourage you to share your input on Ohio’s education system, or any other state government related issue, by contacting my office at Rep29@ohiohouse.gov or (614) 466-9091.


 

 
 
 
  
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Engineering Bill Sponsored By Rep. Blessing To Go To The Governor

 
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State Representative Louis Blessing (R-Colerain Township) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives concurred with the Ohio Senate’s changes to House Bill 202, legislation that he originally sponsored.