Mayor Frank Jackson’s reform plan for the Cleveland Schools still did not get approval from state lawmakers today. Despite hopes to get it passed this week, legislators in the House Education Committee have stalled over the bill’s creation of a panel to monitor charter schools in the district.
State Senator Nina Turner says some charter advocates and a few legislators who support them are concerned that panel—also known as the Transformation Alliance—would have too much authority over charter schools.
Turner: “And the charter community feels as though the Ohio Department of Education has that authority already, so it’s like another bureaucratic hurdle that they have to jump, that they don’t feel like—some—and it’s important to say some—some feel like they shouldn’t have to jump that additional hurdle.”
Turner supports the bill and says its passage is crucial to helping the district better educate students and win over voters in a tax levy campaign this fall.
When the House eventually votes on the bill, it will move to the senate. If legislators do not reach a decision this week, Turner says they’ll have to resume the discussion in June after a summer recess.