Extending the New Markets Tax Credit

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) is urging charter school supporters to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support extending the New Markets Tax Credit, which expires in 2019. According to NAPCS, this credit “is one of the most effective tools to help charter schools access affordable facilities.” 

What does Governor-Elect DeWine mean for Ohio school choice?

In short, we don’t know for sure as it wasn’t a major part of the campaign. Fordham’s Jessica Poiner pieces together DeWine’s campaign materials and information from a variety of news sources to give us an overview of what we might expect from a DeWine administration in regards to school choice and education generally.

ECOT’s headquarters changes hands

The Columbus Board of Education recently held its first meeting in the former headquarters of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), which they purchased in the summer for about $4 million. The Dispatch explains that the board is currently weighing their options on how they’ll use the space.

Featured event: Ohio in a Post-Janus world

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 that was widely expected to have broad implications for education and the teaching profession. On November 29, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is hosting an event, with special guests Melissa Cropper of the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Robert Alt of the Buckeye Institute, to discuss the implications of Janus in Ohio and how it is likely to impact education. You can register for the event here.

Other upcoming events

Here’s a look at some upcoming Ohio and national events: OCALICON 2018 (November 14-16), the Ohio School Improvement Institute (November 15-16, Columbus), the School Performance Institute’s next workshop (November 29), the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform (December 5-7, Washington, D.C.), and the 2019 Ohio Educational Technology Conference (February 12-14, Columbus).

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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