Charter schools in Ohio, post-budget
Charter schools were undoubtedly winners in the most recent state budget. Funding and policy changes will provide a huge boost to the sector and promise good things for the students attending Ohio charters., including a positive reference to “deserving” charter schools.
Negativity from the usual corners
While, Rep. Jamie Callender was quick to point out that the changes merely aligned academic expectations for charter and district schools. Minus the actual closure part, of course.
The future for charters is so bright…
But there is no time to rest, especially not when a new school year beckons.in the state. Current operators should feel bullish about growing and out-of-state operators should recognize the newly unfurled welcome mat.
The national perspective on charter facilities
This week, the Charter School Facility Center at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Ohio does reasonably well, but has a lot of room for improvement.
Speaking of NAPCS
Emily Schultz, director for state advocacy and policy with the National Alliance, was as she sees it. Her theme was largely one of innovation and choice for families. She references Sciotoville Community School as a model that perhaps other rural communities might find valuable. Unfortunately, the final bill signed into law this month is likely too narrow, she believes, to bring much innovation to the Mountain State.
Not all the news is good
after an investigative report alleged enrollment inflation, funding irregularities, and lax authorizer oversight. The shadow of ECOT’s demise looms large over this story and many pundits will be looking for a similar outcome.