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Ohio Democrats want charter-school teachers to be evaluated, too
Most are exempt from evaluations and other requirements of traditional public schools

Karen Kasler
Fedor says most parents don't know that many charter-school teachers are not evaluated.
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Charter schools are exempt from many of the requirements set for traditional public schools.

Two Democratic lawmakers want to change that with new bills that they say will assure charter schools meet the same standards as public schools. Reps. Teresa Fedor of Toledo and John Patterson of Jefferson in northeast Ohio are both former teachers. And Fedor says they’re very concerned about evaluations that are done on all public school teachers but not on their charter school counterparts.

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“Only the charter school teachers with race to the top funds are being evaluated. Many of the public do not know that the rest of the charter school teachers in that system are not being evaluated.” 

The Democrats also want a committee to study the effectiveness of charter schools and to look into the regulations surrounding them. The chair of the House Education Committee, Republican Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster, has reportedly said he’s supportive of the concept of evaluations on all public school teachers – including those in charter schools.

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Many charter schools are merely another hindrance to children in urban areas. No standards and no history of whether or not these for "profit schools" will help. Like pay for prisons, some of these schools are just another experiment in the inner city schools. Unqualified teachers probably abound in these schools as did many teachers in pubic schools for years. The results are now obvious that urban schools have suffered and will continue to suffer until Sen. Fedor and her approach to regulating teachers gains traction. I support her efforts entirely.

Posted by: warren woodberry (toledo ohio) on May 28, 2014 11:05AM
All elementary and secondary schools partially or fully funded with public monies must be subject to the same rules and regulations, with NO EXCEPTIONS including minimum courses of study, program and personnel evaluations, financial disclosure and auditing standards.

Posted by: Roger Stiller (Ravenna Twp., Ohio) on May 28, 2014 1:05AM
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