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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 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… Read More +

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

Cleveland's School District and Charter Cooperation is Promising, Gates Official Says

August 26, 2015

Charter schools and school districts are “unlikely allies,” but can combine to give students better opportunities, a key advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told a crowd of 400 Cleveland education supporters today.

Read the full Cleveland Plain Dealer article here

PDK/Gallup Poll Shows Strong Support for Charter Schools

August 25, 2015

The 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools showed Americans favor charter schools, despite the fact that many do not understand how they work. A majority of those polled favored charter schools as an educational option.

Click here to read a summary of the report.

OAPCS Responds to Rep. Fedor's Letter to the U.S. Department of Education

August 7, 2015

Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) took the rare step Tuesday of asking the federal government not to award grant funding to Ohio, seeking to block additional money for the state’s charter schools.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) reacted dismissively, and a statewide group representing charter schools called her actions disappointing.

Fedor, the top Democrat on the House Education Committee, wrote a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking that he not approve the application Ohio submitted under the federal Charter Schools Program Grants for… Read More +

No New Charter Schools Scheduled to Open in Toledo

July 28, 2015