Making schools perform

Published 11:23 am Friday, March 27, 2015

The state of Ohio has made a step in the right direction when it comes to cracking down on low performing charter schools.

The Ohio House on Thursday approved a bill that calls for additional financial, enrollment and attendance reporting from charter school sponsors and requires members of governing boards to file annual conflict-of-interest statements, among many other changes. The measure also prohibits low-performing schools from getting new sponsors.

It is clear by the voting numbers — 70-25 — members of the House are ready to require extra scrutiny for those charter operators providing education to the state’s children.

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The bill will next head to the Ohio Senate and we urge those legislators to vote in favor of the much-needed overhaul.

After all, the Ohio charter school system receives about $1 billion in public funding and serves more than 120,000 students. With that kind of funding, legislators must ensure charter schools performing on a more than mediocre scale.

The Senate must follow suit and amend House Bill 2 to ensure children are getting a proper education and charter schools are held accountable for the manner in which they spend our money.