November 2, 2015 – Legislative
On November 1, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 2 into law. Commonly known as the Charter School Reform Bill, the bill was passed with broad bipartisan support by the Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. House Bill 2 provides for greater oversight of sponsors, also known as authorizers, increased transparency in charter school operations and greater accountability in board governance. It also aims to eliminate conflicts of interest in charter schools and tightens the…
October 28, 2015 – Our Schools
A new report examining online learning programs in 158 charter schools across 18 states generates broad debate in its recommendations and findings. Read the OAPCS statement here. The full CREDO report is available here. Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch article. Click here to read the Cleveland Plain Dealer article. Click here to read the Center for Education Reform’s release. Click here to read iNACOL’s analysis. Click here to read the Hannah Report article.
October 23, 2015 – Legislative
Guidelines for applying for funds through the $25 million in facilities funding available to charter schools were announced October 22 by the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The commission will begin accepting applications in January, 2016 with awards made by June, 2016. Applications for the grants will be scored on quality in three areas: education, instruction and finances. According to the Commission, educational quality will be judged on items such as creating seats to address unmet…
October 8, 2015 – Legislative
The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) commends yesterday’s action by the Ohio General Assembly to pass House Bill 2, the state’s most comprehensive charter reform legislation to date. The bill was passed in a final vote by a majority in both the House and Senate and will now be sent to the Governor’s office. Key provisions in HB 2 address transparency, accountability and governance, as well as potential perceived conflicts of interest among charter school stakeholders. An Omnibus…
October 6, 2015 – Legislative
The HB 2 House and Senate Conference Committee today unanimously approved the conference report on the charter school reform bill after accepting the Omnibus Amendment. The Committee also voted unanimously to send HB 2 to the House and Senate for a final vote tomorrow, October 7. To read the detailed list of 32 amendments as passed in the Omnibus Amendment, click here.