A good news online charter school story

Sarah Robinson, an online charter school graduate from Massillon, Ohio wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Canton Repository this week. Robinson, the co-valedictorian for the class of 2018 at Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), describes how the school’s flexibility enabled her and her sister to learn self-discipline, work at their own paces, and pursue outside interests (like taking college classes and volunteering). This is a great reminder that, despite the flurry of negative stories, there are many students like Sarah who thrive in online schools.

Analyzing the impact of dropout recovery report card changes

As we’ve described previously, the State Board of Education recently adopted significant changes to the rules around report cards for Ohio's dropout prevention and recovery schools (DPRS). A new piece from Fordham’s Jessica Poiner examines the potential impacts of those changes, specifically around identification as a DPRS and graduation rate performance levels.

Ohio charters in the news

The Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OhDELA), an online charter school long operated by White Hat management, is now working with ACCEL Schools. This story in the Plain Dealer provides great details, including the impressive growth of ACCEL over the past couple of years. Moving across the state, the Dayton Daily News explores the closure of one charter school and the opening of another in the Gem City. 

Charter schools are stepping up to combat the “summer slide”

Last week, schools, families and communities across the country recognized National Summer Learning Day, which elevates the importance of providing high-quality summer learning opportunities for students. According to the Walton Family Foundation, charter schools around the country are stepping up to fill the summer void using classes, camps, and other programs. Check out their detailed account here, and see more stories by searching for the hashtags “#KeepKidsLearning” and “#SummerLearning” on Twitter.

Upcoming events

Registration is open for a few events in Columbus in the next few months, including the 2018 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference (October 28-31), the Auditor of State’s 2018 Community School Training (August 1), and the Ohio School Improvement Institute (November 15-16). Don’t forget to register for the National Forum to Advance Rural Education (October 11-13) in Denver.

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Chad Aldis is the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy. In this role, Chad plans and leads Fordham’s Ohio policy, advocacy, and research agenda . He represents the Institute in its work with the media, state and local policy makers, other education reform groups, and the public.

Chad has a strong background in Ohio education policy work having previously served as the…

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Madison Yoder was the communications and policy associate for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Prior to joining Fordham, she served as the communications specialist for an Ohio coalition dedicated to supporting high standards for all Ohio students, regardless of zip codes.

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