Bill will improve charter schools

Published 10:02 am Friday, October 9, 2015

Finally, Ohio lawmakers have agreed on legislation that would overhaul the charter school system and should ensure state funding is wisely spent.

This week the legislation was supported in the state House and unanimously cleared the Senate. Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill that would require charter schools to meet certain performance, accountability and reporting requirements.

The Ohio charter school system receives about $1 billion in public funding and serves more than 120,000 students, but in recent years, the system has been under fire for lagging behind public schools, even as charter schools in other parts of the country have thrived.

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The bill is intended to make it easier for high performing charters to expand while labeling the worst charter schools “poor,” and it will prohibit low-performing schools from getting new sponsors, among other changes.

When it comes to educating children, fudging attendance records, grades or records of money spending does nothing to enhance learning.

Any school that takes public funds for operation should be held accountable for the manner in which those funds are spent and the success or failure of its students.