Ohio Charter News Weekly – 2.8.19


Ohio House Speaker discusses education priorities

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder recently sat down with the Ohio legislative press corps to discuss his priorities for the year. Householder spoke about a number of education issues, including Ohio’s school funding formula, school security, and his belief that charter school management companies be limited to non-profit entities. In terms of funding, he’d like to see a simpler and fairer formula but doesn’t see a reason to directly fund charter schools.

Columbus charter school welcomes community leader

KIPP Columbus is currently conducting a series of leadership breakfasts, which give students opportunities to interact with successful community members like Mayor Andrew Ginther, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, and (most recently) Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake. During his recent visit, Drake talked about leadership, decision-making, and the importance of one’s core values.  

Can charter schools deny students?

Shaelyn Macedonio of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) recently wrote a blog addressing the misconception that charter schools can deny admission to some students. She explains how charter schools, like all public schools, serve students regardless of their income, religion, or ethnicity.

Rebuild America’s Schools Act

The Rebuild America’s Schools Act, a $100 billion public school infrastructure proposal, was recently introduced in Congress. The proposal would help to address the nation’s critical physical and digital infrastructure needs while also helping to create over 1.9 million jobs. As currently drafted, charter schools would be eligible to apply. You can read the bill in-full here and access a helpful fact sheet on the proposal here.

Upcoming events

There are a few upcoming events to look forward to in the charter school space. On February 21, the School Performance Institute is hosting a workshop in Columbus and NAPCS is hosting a webinar on how opportunity zones can benefit charter schools. In addition, registration is now open for the National Charter Schools Conference, which will be held from June 30-July 3 in Las Vegas.

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