Though charter schools are fiercely debated in Ohio, too rarely are the voices of charter leaders actually heard. This report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute surveys the leaders of the highest-performing Buckeye charters to take stock of their views on sector quality, accountability, and replication and growth.

The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan FDR Group, was fielded to the principals of 109 charter schools, yielding a 70 percent response rate. 

We hope that Quality in Adversity will help lift these leaders' voices, so that their firsthand knowledge can overcome counterproductive rhetoric and entrenched positions.

Steve Farkas is the President of Farkas Duffett Research Group. Prior to co-founding the FDR Group, Steve was Director of Research at Public Agenda, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank, from 1992 to 2004. Originally planning a career in political consulting, he began with a short stint as a Senior Research Analyst at Penn & Schoen, Inc., in 1990.Steve is the principal author of over 100 major opinion studies on a…

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Co-founder and partner of the FDR Group, Ann Duffett has been conducting public opinion research since 1994. Ann's career in survey research began at Louis Harris and Associates (currently known as Harris Interactive). As a key member of Harris's public policy research team, she conducted both public and proprietary opinion research on health care, public education, women's issues, and youth violence. As Senior Vice…

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