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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 jconry@oapcs.org or 614-744-2266, ext. 203.

In the News:

Fordham Survey Polls Top Charter Principals on Growth, Facilities, Regulation, Talent

January 27, 2016

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…

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OAPCS Issues Media Statement on New Report: Quality in Adversity: Lessons from Ohio's best charter schools

January 27, 2016

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

January 25, 2016

“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.”

Read the full Letter-to-the-Editor in the Columbus Dispatch.

OAPCS Issues Statement on State Charter School Funding Formula​

January 20, 2016

OAPCS has issued a statement on the state’s charter school funding formula. Read the OAPCS statement here.

Read the Toledo Blade article here.

OAPCS Issues Statement on State School Report Card Measures

January 15, 2016

OAPCS issued a statement today on the State Report Card Measures for K-3 Literacy and Graduation Rates released January 14, 2016 by the Ohio Department of Education. Read the OAPCS statement here.

Read the Toledo Blade article here.  …

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OAPCS Responds to Beaver Local Schools Invoicing ODE for Charter School Students

January 12, 2016

OAPCS responds to Beaver Local Schools sending an invoice to the Ohio Department of Education. Read the OAPCS statement here

Watch the story on wfmj.com.

OAPCS CEO Comments On ODE Using External SPR Evaluators

January 6, 2016

Cincinnati Math Teacher Says Online Charter Schools Have Place in Ohio: Anna Ridenour (Opinion)

December 26, 2015

“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.”

Read the full article on Cincinnati.com here.

OAPCS Issues Statement on Ohio Department of Education SPR Final Recommendations

December 23, 2015

OAPCS has issued a statement on the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Sponsor Performance Review (SPR) Final Recommendations. Read the OAPCS statement here.  

Read the Cleveland Plain Dealer article here.

Breakthrough Schools Receives $10 Million Gift From Haslam 3 Foundation

December 23, 2015

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:

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