Resources For Schools

Renewal Timeline

Fordham-sponsored schools that have sponsorship contracts expiring June 30, 2014, and which are seeking renewal of the contract, will utilize the following process and timeline. Questions regarding renewal may be directed to our Dayton office at 937-227-3368.


Timeline for Contract Renewal

Due date

Fordham staff compiles school performance data (i.e., academic, fiscal, governance, operations)


Fordham votes on contract renewal recommendations

By 10/31/2013

School boards notified of Fordham board renewal decision. Renewal instructions (materials and timeline) will be included in the notification.

By 10/31/13

Deadline for renewal materials to be submitted to Fordham


Sponsorship contract updated

By 1/31/2014

Drafts sent to school boards for review


Agreements finalized, executed and sent to ODE with contract checklist

By 3/15/2014










Links to useful resources and organizations

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 
National Association of Charter School Authorizers 
Ohio Department of Education Office of Community Schools 
USDOE's Office of Innovation and Improvement
Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance

Ohio Department of Education Trainings

System To Achieve Results for Students (STARS) allows individuals to access information on upcoming professional development and technical assistance programs offered by ODE. You can search for by topic, date, or area of focus. NOTE: To search STARS you must first sign in to your SAFE account on the Ohio Department of Education's website.


All Fordham sponsored community schools use Epicenter, a web-based workflow and compliance tool for authorizers and schools. It provides a single place to keep records and track activities to streamline the compliance process. Epicenter allows both the school and the sponsor to store, share, and access documents remotely, making the sponsor's oversight of community schools more convenient and efficient. Epicenter also functions as a document retention system.

Contact Information
National Charter Schools Institute

Phone: 1-866-732-3234 toll free