Charter Change Catches Some Flatfooted

An amendment to the bill weakens the rules against what's known as "sponsor hopping"-when a low-performing school switches over to another sponsor when the initial sponsor wants to pull support.

Chad Aldis is vice president of the Fordham Institute, a group that advocates for charter schools but pushes for heightened accountability. Aldis says this allows those schools to continue practicing their under-performing ways.

"We wanna make sure good schools are able to replicate and grow but we also want to make sure the bad schools-the mediocre ones are no longer serving students," said Aldis.

The bill still prohibits sponsor hopping for any schools four years into operation or less-but pulls the requirement for the Ohio Department of Education to oversee sponsor changes for any older schools.
Andy Chow at the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.

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