In April, the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and eight co-sponsors held a forum in Cincinnati titled "Charter Schools: Are They Accountable?." Approximately 90 people heard panelists reveal the promise of charters offering innovation, competition, and choice, as well as the problems that have risen over the past 15 to 20 years, including charter schools' financial skullduggery, fraud and failure to meet commitments.
This summer, both the Ohio House (HB 2) and Senate (SB148) agreed on legislation to begin the regulation, so badly needed. Yet, Ohio's legislature again postponed, delayed and avoided taking action on charter schools reform when the bill was tabled in early July.
Ohio has around 400 of these publicly supported, tuition-free, independent, and non-sectarian schools. One billion dollars of Ohio taxpayers' money supports them each year. In Cincinnati, almost 20 percent of public school students attend a charter school. Common charter school issues include:
Tell our elected officials:
1) to enact effective provisions to improve charter school performance, as well as accountability and transparency to the taxpayers, who pay for them, and the parents, who have entrusted their children with them.
2) to monitor, more closely, the spending of tax dollars by charter schools.
Education Committee Chair
League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots political organization that works at the local, state, and national levels. Our mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.