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Boyd votes in favor of sweeping charter school reform bill

Lawmaker expresses concerns with charter teacher retirement restrictions
October 7, 2015
Janine R. Boyd News

The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards.

“The late minute amendment to HB 2 to restrict some charter school teachers from participating in the public pension system deeply concerns me and must be addressed in the near term,” said Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights). “However, as a whole this bill represents real progress toward ensuring accountability and transparency in Ohio’s charter industry.”

HB 2 requires charter school operators to report how they spend tax dollars, tightens rules on student attendance and changes how the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) rates charter sponsors. Other changes include cracking down on “ineffective” sponsors, improving education standards and increasing accountability and transparency for Ohio’s oft-ridiculed charter school system.

House Bill 2 passed the Ohio House by a vote of 91-6.