The State Budget’s Impact on Ohio Charter and Voucher Policy
August 12, 2011
While the new state budget slashed education spending, it also expanded charters and vouchers in Ohio and modified charter accountability measures. Unfortunately, these changes do little to strengthen the quality of publicly funded, privately operated schools in Ohio, according to this August 2011 policy brief.
The budget bill’s new accountability measures for charter school sponsors, for example, target smaller sponsors that oversee too few schools to have a meaningful impact on overall charter quality. At the same time, state law continues to allow unchecked and unexamined growth of charters, particularly in urban districts. In the end, Ohio policymakers have continued Ohio’s quantity-over-quality approach to charters and vouchers, an approach that has not served our children well.