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Schiavoni proposes stricter oversight of charter schools
The Mahoning Valley Democrat has introduced a bill to strengthen charter school accountability to match traditional public schools 
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced he will be introducing legislation to create greater oversight in Ohio’s charter schools equivalent to what is found in traditional public districts.
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Allegations of racism, sexism, cheating and the mishandling of sexual misconduct sparked a state investigation into more than a dozen charter schools around Ohio.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to one policymaker who hopes the latest accusations will land hard on lawmakers.

 

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Former teachers from Horizon Academy High School in Dayton told the state school board about those allegations, along with questionable testing and attendance policies.

Democratic Senator Joe Schiavoni from the Mahoning Valley area says these claims highlight the need for tighter accountability from Ohio’s charter schools.

“We’re talking about educating kids—we’re not talking about giving people the ability to open schools to make money and unfortunately that’s what’s happening every day in this state,” said Schiavoni.

While backing his call for more transparency—Schiavoni acknowledges that there are credible charter schools in the state. His bill, which has yet to receive a hearing in the Senate, proposes annual audits of charter schools along with public record provisions.

 

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