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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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Inquiries, information and interview requests and questions should be directed to Julie Conry, OAPCS Director of Communications, at email@example.com or 614-744-2266, ext. 203.
In the News:
Ohio among Winners in Latest Round of Federal Charter School Grants
Ohio is getting $32.5 million in federal charter school funding from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) amid a new round of $157 million in total federal FY15 funding to states and charter school groups. The federal agency issued the funding in tandem with a cautionary letter about ensuring appropriate fiscal management by charter schools.
Meanwhile, Ohio’s largest teachers union and others asked USDOE to reconsider the grant award.
The latest Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies grant is meant to help Ohio expand and improve the…Read More +
OAPCS Issues Statement on the $32 Million Awarded to the Ohio Department of Education in the U.S. Department of Education SEA Grants Competition
Columbus, OH — The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) President and CEO Dr. Darlene Chambers released the following statement today in response to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) being awarded $32.5 million through the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Charter Schools Program (CSP) State Educational Agency (SEA) grants competition. Recipients of the CSP grants were announced yesterday by USDOE. Ohio was one of seven states and the District of Columbia and 12 charter management organizations to receive CSP awards, which fund the creation and…Read More +
Panelists Warn Against Urge to Simplify Charter Schools' Features, Flaws
Three leading voices in education reform and school choice discussed the state of Ohio’s charter schools at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs leadership forum Friday at Ohio State University. The Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools’ Trint Hatt, EducationFirst’s Paolo DeMaria and Fordham Institute’s Chad Aldis all offered an overarching message that little regarding charter schools is easily simplified — not the funding, not the academic outcomes, not the tarnished reputation nor the accountability mechanisms.
Aldis noted a Fordham-commissioned study…Read More +
OAPCS Weighs in on Academic Rating Formula in Sponsor Performance Review
Ohio Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Charter School Property
Are Local School Taxes Subsidizing Ohio Charters?
School Funding and Charter School Students: Sorting it Out
Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch letter to the editor on school funding and charter schools.
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Awards Grant to OAPCS
Radio Program Features Discussion of Charter School Oversight
Dr. Darlene Chambers, President and CEO of OAPCS, appeared on the All Sides with Ann Fisher program on WOSU FM September 1, 2015 to discuss charter school oversight and evaluation. Click here to watch the podcast.