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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. 

For the Media: 

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:

Ohio among Winners in Latest Round of Federal Charter School Grants

September 30, 2015

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…

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OAPCS Issues Statement on the $32 Million Awarded to the Ohio Department of Education in the U.S. Department of Education SEA Grants Competition

September 29, 2015

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…

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Panelists Warn Against Urge to Simplify Charter Schools' Features, Flaws

September 25, 2015

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…

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OAPCS Weighs in on Academic Rating Formula in Sponsor Performance Review

September 24, 2015

Ohio Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Charter School Property

September 15, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that it was legal for a management company to title property in its name and require schools to purchase those items when the contract ended. Click here to read the full ruling.

Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch article. Click here to read…

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Are Local School Taxes Subsidizing Ohio Charters?

September 9, 2015

Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch story on school funding.  Click here to read the OAPCS statement on funding for charter schools.

School Funding and Charter School Students: Sorting it Out

September 8, 2015

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

September 4, 2015

The Cleveland-based Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has awarded a grant to the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools to enroll two urban charter schools into the OAPCS performance management program known as the Data Matters Consortium. 

Click here to read the full Media Statement.

Radio Program Features Discussion of Charter School Oversight

September 2, 2015

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.

OAPCS Issues Statement on HB 2

August 27, 2015