NOTE: This is the last edition to be published this year. We’ll return with a final look at 2020 stories on Thursday, January 7, 2021; regular service for 2021 resumes on Friday, January 8.
Christmas pt 1
Here’s a lovely story about the staff and teachers of Buckeye Community School in Marion using their own money—along with charitable donations—.
Christmas pt 2
. The original version of the bill—dealing with student attendance issues in online charter schools—added a stocking-full of other pandemic-related provisions, many of which would also impact charters if enacted. The amendments now require concurrence by the House before the bill can move to Governor DeWine.
Other legislation of note
State Senator Matt Huffman, who will become Senate President in 2021, gave a very frank interview to his hometown newspaper, The Lima News, this week. In it, he discussed the legislature’s work on a revamp of school funding in Ohio.n that would be completed early next year. He emphasized the need to end pass-through funding for charter schools and vouchers in the final version of the plan.
More on charter funding
A new. While the discussion in this opening salvo/PR effort is focused almost exclusively on the EdChoice Scholarship program, charter school funding will almost certainly be in the crosshairs should the case go to trial. Definitely a story to keep an eye on in 2021.
The ongoing pandemic
Tutoring is increasingly touted as a means to mitigate pandemic-impacted learning losses for students. Here’s—all online for now—even before the pandemic has abated.
An important new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute looks at the variations and evolution of teacher effectiveness in Pennsylvania public schools—both charter and traditional district. Evidence indicates, among other things, that teachers in the state’s CMO-run charter schools are more effective and improve more rapidly than those in traditional district schools. Authors Matthew Steinberg and Haisheng Yang of the University of Pennsylvania conclude thatWorth a read.