Ohio: Who Testifies About Charter Reform?

Something needs to be done to stem this tide.

Diane Ravitch's blog

It is no secret that charter owners are major campaign contributors to Governor John Kasich and the Republican legislature. After newspaper revelations, the legislature recognized the public demand for charter accountability. At hearings, 18 people testified. 17 are charter advocates.

Here is an account from Bill Phillis of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy:

House Bill 2 (HB 2)-a nominal start toward charter school reform

Ohio is known nationwide for its Wild, Wild West charter school policies. After nearly fifteen years of a failed experiment in the charter school industry, at long last, a bill (HB 2) has been introduced to curb some of the abuses. HB 2 needs to be greatly expanded to deal with a multitude of disquieting problems.

So far in the HB 2 hearings before the House Education Committee, it is obvious that the charter school advocates are driving the testimony train. At the first…

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