Ohio House ducks voting on rules to shore up state's ridiculed charter schools

From The Plain Dealer The Ohio House will head off on summer break without voting on the new accountability and financial reporting rules for Ohio's $1 billion charter school industry that have been in the works for months.

House leaders skipped a vote on the package late last week and have left it off the schedule for Tuesday, the last session before leaving for recess.

Brittany Warner, spokesperson for House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, confirmed today that there will be no vote before break.

Republican leaders say the delay is to clear up some issues with the just-revised bill. Others call it an attempt to buy time to water down the bill to please charter school operators who donate to Republican candidates.

Hanging over the entire debate: Ohio's network of charter schools has some very strong schools that excel in helping students. But the state's charter system as a whole struggles so much in other ways that it's the subject of national ridicule.

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