Charter school leaders call for more money for charters

Facing large funding discrepancies compared to local districts, charter leaders across the state are calling for state officials to give charter school students additional support in the upcoming state budget. Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O’Donnell has the story interviewing leaders on both sides of the issue.

Columbus charter founder counters funding claims

On Monday, the Columbus Dispatch published a letter to the editor from Andrew Boy, founder and CEO of the United Schools Network. Boy, writing in response to a February letter from Stephen Dyer suggesting charters receive more funding per pupil than districts, explains that charters do the same tough job as districts but with significantly less funding.

Richard Allen Schools under examination

The Dayton Daily News published an in-depth piece this week on the controversy surrounding Richard Allen Schools, its Superintendent Michelle Thomas (who is part of a group that owes the state $2.2 million), and its former management company, the Institute of Management and Resources. Upon hearing that the schools are still under the control of Thomas, Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner said, “I find this information extremely troubling, and I, along with a number of other entities within the state, will continue to look into this.”

Legislative update

Education issues were mostly quiet this week at the Statehouse. That’ll change next week when Governor DeWine is expected to introduce his budget. Bills were recently introduced to require schools to forward student records within five days when a student transfers, allow teachers to take a state income tax credit for purchasing school supplies, and prohibit districts from reducing student transportation mid-year. None of the newly introduced bills had bill hearings this week.

School Performance Institute workshop

Are you a school leader interested in helping your team to build their capacity to lead and implement change? Then you should check out the School Performance Institute’s upcoming workshops on March 28th and April 12th. You’ll have an opportunity to visit a high-performing charter school during a school day (to observe how the school has been purposefully designed to get results in a high-poverty context using proven methods) and discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in your own school. You can register here, if interested, or contact John A. Dues for more information.

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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