Lorain charter school works to engage families

Horizon Science Academy, a charter public school in Lorain, hosted their annual Kindergarten Parent Partnership Breakfast last week. Parents got to hear from a State Board of Education member and attend an interactive presentation led by school leaders. Many parents look forward to this annual breakfast, where they can learn about Horizon's education goals and successes and build relationships with staff.

How to get innovative with federal Charter Schools Program dollars

The U.S. Senate recently passed a spending bill that includes $440 million for CSP, an increase of $40 million. CSP funds are indispensable for states looking to grow their sectors. Fordham’s Jessica Poiner argues here that advocates, charter networks, and state leaders would be smart to consider creating new and innovative charter high schools, instead of just replicating the usual suspects.

NAPCS receives grant to establish the Charter School Facilities Center

Last week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) was awarded a $2.4 million grant over three years to establish the Charter School Facilities Center (CSFC), the first-ever entity solely dedicated to helping charter schools access better and more affordable facilities and facility financing. The CSFC is set to capture and share existing best practices for improving and funding facilities for charter schools and will develop new, innovative solutions to address this challenge. Given the struggles that Ohio charters face in regards to facility funding, it can’t happen soon enough.

A reminder: ECOT does not reflect all online charter schools

Matt Norton, President of the Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) Board of Trustees, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Dispatch recently. Norton explains that what happened with ECOT should never happen again but that blaming other online charters (many of whom are adhering to the rules and putting the interests of kids first) for ECOT’s mistakes is akin to blaming the entire education system for scandals that occur in traditional brick-and-mortar schools. OHVA took in 4,000 students in the wake of ECOT’s closure—the largest number of ECOT transfer students of any school in the state.

Upcoming events

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these upcoming events: The School Performance Institute’s upcoming workshop (October 18, Columbus), the 2018 NACSA Leadership Conference (October 22-25, Orlando), the 2018 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference (October 28-31, Columbus), the Ohio School Improvement Institute (November 15-16, Columbus), and the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform (December 5-7, Washington, D.C.).

Policy Priority:

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 is 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.

Madison is from a small town in central Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in Environmental…

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