O'Brien Votes In Favor Of Sweeping Charter School Reform Bill
Lawmaker expresses concerns with charter teacher retirement restrictions

The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards.

“Treating teachers in charter schools differently than their public school counterparts will surely have unintended consequences,” said Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren). “The reforms to charter school accountability and transparency are undoubtedly a positive for students across Ohio, but I hope the legislature addresses this outstanding issue immediately.” 

HB 2 requires charter school operators to report how they spend tax dollars, tightens rules on student attendance and changes how the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) rates charter sponsors. Other changes include cracking down on “ineffective” sponsors, improving education standards and increasing accountability and transparency for Ohio’s oft-ridiculed charter school system.

House Bill 2 passed the Ohio House by a vote of 91-6. 

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