If charter school advocates are serious about continuing with their brand of ‘school choice’ in Ohio then they better get on board with some new legislation being proposed by Sen. Tom Roberts.

SB 331 would hold community schools to the same standards for student accountability and teacher qualifications as public schools. It would also require community schools to collect and post information about pupils that enroll in public schools after leaving charter schools.

SB 332 would extend current public records and audit regulations that apply to charter schools to the entities’ sponsors and operators.

Finally, SB 333 would permit local communities to partner with school districts for economic development opportunities, while repealing the requirement that charter schools have the first right of refusal on unused school buildings.

Without this type of transparency and accountability, Ohio’s charter schools will continue to waste our tax dollars and fail our children.

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