The intent of charter schools in Ohio is to provide alternative options for parents and students who might need an environment better suited for their needs and interests. There are many great charter schools across the state; however there have been concerns brought up in regards to the oversight and accountability of these schools.

Each year, taxpayer dollars are allocated to fund our charter schools. This makes it imperative that we achieve the best possible education for students while maintaining a fair and reasonable use of funds. Offering an alternative education to students who need it is important, but it must be done in a way that provides them with the necessary skills for the future while using our critical tax dollars wisely.
To address this growing problem, the Ohio General Assembly recently passed House Bill 2, legislation that is aimed at making charter schools more transparent in their spending and operation. House Bill 2 includes provisions to increase the accountability of charter school sponsors and ensures expenditures of the schools are adequately reported. Increasing accountability for these sponsors and their schools, which operate independently of the local school districts, is a crucial step toward improving the quality of education for our students.
Additionally, House Bill 2 provides oversight for charter school performance. This oversight will allow us to quickly and easily pinpoint schools that may be struggling so that we can give them the tools needed to succeed. Schools with poor academic performance must be a priority so we can help them improve or take other steps if necessary.

As a member of the House Education Committee, I have always made it a priority to ensure Ohio children are receiving the greatest education possible so they may have a bright future. House Bill 2 is a significant step toward increasing accountability measures on charter schools in Ohio, yet more must be done. As long as I am serving, I will continue working diligently to improve our education system in Ohio.

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