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OAPCS is a nonprofit advocacy organization that proactively educates and informs the public, families, stakeholders, policymakers and thought leaders about the importance of educational choice and charter schools. In this capacity, OAPCS serves as a clearinghouse of charter school data, research and stories pertaining to the charter movement, quality in education, state and federal school legislation and other topics that affect student equity.
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Fordham Survey Polls Top Charter Principals on Growth, Facilities, Regulation, Talent
A new survey commissioned by the Fordham Institute and released Wednesday gives a perspective on Ohio’s charter school sector from the viewpoint of building leaders in the top third of charters by academic performance. Many principals responding to the survey say tighter oversight and regulation are needed to boost the sector’s reputation and quality, while they also identify funding inequities and teacher recruitment as barriers.
The report on the survey results, “Quality in Adversity: Lessons from Ohio’s best charter schools,” was born from an observation in…Read More +
OAPCS Issues Media Statement on New Report: Quality in Adversity: Lessons from Ohio's best charter schools
The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) President and CEO Dr. Darlene Chambers released the following statement regarding today’s release of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute study Quality in Adversity: Lessons from Ohio’s best charter schools. Read the OAPCS statement here.
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Make Funding Equal for All Students: OAPCS CEO Letter-to-the-Editor
“In the Thursday Dispatch article ‘Districts bill state for money lost to charters,’ it is noted that, in efforts to bring attention to the state’s current charter-school funding formula, traditional Ohio school districts are ‘billing’ the Ohio Department of Education for mandated per-pupil funds those districts are required to transfer for students enrolled in charter schools.”
OAPCS Issues Statement on State Charter School Funding Formula
OAPCS Issues Statement on State School Report Card Measures
OAPCS Responds to Beaver Local Schools Invoicing ODE for Charter School Students
OAPCS CEO Comments On ODE Using External SPR Evaluators
Cincinnati Math Teacher Says Online Charter Schools Have Place in Ohio: Anna Ridenour (Opinion)
“There have been recent reports that online charter school students are lagging behind students in brick-and-mortar public schools. I’d like to address that issue. I have a unique perspective because I’m a graduate of an online charter school, and today I’m a math teacher at that same school.”
OAPCS Issues Statement on Ohio Department of Education SPR Final Recommendations
Breakthrough Schools Receives $10 Million Gift From Haslam 3 Foundation
Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, and wife Dee Haslam have committed a record-setting gift of $10 million to Cleveland charter school network Breakthrough Schools. The gift was given through the Haslam 3 Foundation and is the largest donation in Breakthrough Schools’ history. Read more about the gift in the stories listed below: