Ohio charters recognized in U.S. News best high schools rankings
U.S. News & World Report released theirof the best public high schools this week. Nationally, charter public schools make up 10 percent of the country's public high schools, but they account for 23 percent of the top schools on the U.S. News list. Among the rankings for Ohio’s best high schools, three charter schools were recognized for their performance, including the Arts and College Preparatory Academy (76), Dayton Early College Academy (111), and the Toledo School for the Arts (227).
GreatSchools releases College Success Awards
On Thursday,announced the winners of the , which celebrate high schools that do an outstanding job of preparing students who are traditionally underserved to succeed in college and ultimately their careers. In Ohio, earned an award, including Dayton Early College Academy and the Toledo School for the Arts. You can find more information about the awards and the charter schools that made the list .
Giving charters greater flexibility in hiring
Recent changes to Ohio law require public school teachers to be “properly certified or licensed,” which means they must possess one of the state’s approved teacher licenses. For charters, which rely a great deal on long-term substitute licenses, this could be an issue. But according to Fordham’s Jessica Poiner, the proposed state budget offers a .
Toledo charter becomes a district school
The school board of Toledo Public Schools recently approved a contract to open and operate , which will be a K-5 magnet school. To make this happen, the district will take over Toledo SMART Bilingual Elementary, a that’s been operating in Toledo since 2014. Toledo SMART’s current principal will retain her role as school leader.
It was a busy week at the Statehouse. The House Primary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony on bills dealing with, , and . In addition, the committee favorably reported HB 154, which House of Representatives passed the bill the following day. You can find testimony from the hearing and more information about the passage of HB 154 . Lastly, the House Finance Committee met yesterday to accept the . You can find a comparison document that compares the governor’s budget proposal to the House substitute version .
School Performance Institute workshop
Are you a school leader interested in helping your team to build their capacity to lead and implement change? Then check out the upcoming workshop on May 16th. You (and your team) will have an opportunity to visit a high-performing middle 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 , if interested, or contact for more information.