Ohio Charter News Weekly – 12.14.18


Toledo’s charter schools on par with districts

The Toledo Blade recently published a story comparing the advantages, criticisms, and performance of Toledo area charter schools to traditional public schools. The author (using data) explains that while charter schools typically perform similarly to district schools, for many families, the appeal of charters often extends beyond academics. As one parent said, “I’m totally sold on the charter school as far as small school class sizes, the individuality the kids get, and just the love that all the administrators show.”

Communities in Schools expands its reach to charters

Communities in Schools of Central Ohio has helped Columbus City School’s students overcome at-home challenges and improve performance, attendance, and behavior for 25 years. The group recently expanded its work to charter schools, including two of the Graham Schools. You can read more about the work they’re doing for students and families here

Ohio’s first tuition-free, public classical school to open in Toledo

More news from Toledo: Ohio’s first public, tuition-free classical school, the Northwest Ohio Classical Academy, is expected to open next year. The K-8 academy is expected to serve around 250 students and will focus heavily on language arts.

Ohio Connections Academy named 2018 Purple Star Designee

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently recognized Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) for its commitment to supporting military students and families by honoring them with a Purple Star Award. OCA was one of 57 Ohio schools to receive the designation. You can check out OCA’s response to the award here and how ODE chooses the schools here.

Upcoming Ohio and national events

Registration is currently open for the School Performance Institute’s next workshop (January 24, Columbus), the 2019 Ohio Educational Technology Conference (February 12-14, Columbus), and the 2019 National Charter Schools Conference (June 30-July 3, Las Vegas).

Chad L. Aldis
Chad L. Aldis is the Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.