FABER INTRODUCES HOUSE BILL 611: ATTENDANCE SOFTWARE FOR ONLINE SCHOOLS
COLUMBUS— State Representative and candidate for Auditor of State, Keith Faber, today introduced legislation requiring online schools to purchase attendance software that aligns with state funding requirements.
“I have supported charter school reform in the past and this is an additional step in the right direction,” said Faber. “We have continually demanded transparency and accountability and continue that in HB 611.”
The bill, joint sponsored by Representative Kristina Roegner, requires online schools to purchase a software that automatically gathers verification data for state-funded activity and gives the Auditor of State’s office and the Department of Education real-time access to the data. The data would be readily available for seven years at no cost to the state. This software would track keystrokes, mouse movement, attendance, participation, and class size.
“School choice is important to families and our state education system,” said Faber. “We must remember this is about providing learning opportunities for students and finding a responsible way to make online learning accessible, transparent, effective and accountable. I have a plan to fix this and allow families to still have online education as a respectable option for their children.”