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Senator Wants E-School Accountability Reform

Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)
Andy Chow
Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

While state lawmakers just passed a sweeping reform of the state’s charter school system, one senator says more can be done to improve online charters. 

Democratic Senator Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area introduced a bill that would require these e-schools to keep better attendance records, to make their governing boards stream their traditional meetings like school board sessions, and to display their report card score on advertisements.

“If they’re proud of the work that they’re doing they should be explaining what the state’s grade is at that particular school to attract students,” saidSchiavoni.

Schiavoni says this is partially in response to reports that at least two e-schools got just under a million dollars extra from the state because of bad attendance records.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.