- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State lawmakers have sent legislation overhauling Ohio charter school laws into compromise talks.

Legislators voted Wednesday to send an Ohio House bill to a conference committee after the House rejected Senate efforts to beef up the measure with additional provisions.

The latest version contained key elements of a separate bipartisan bill that sought to make it easier for high-performing charters to expand while specifically labeling the worst charter schools “poor” and forbidding “sponsor-hopping” by under-performing charter operators.

Debate about oversight of the community schools comes amid increasing frustration around the state over attendance, accountability and performance woes faced by Ohio’s charter schools.

The state director of school choice was forced to resign in July after omitting certain failing grades from charter school sponsor evaluations.

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