Ohio Charter News Weekly - 6/29/18

 

Legislative update: SB 216 and HB 87

This week, the House and Senate each passed wide ranging education bills—SB 216 and HB 87, respectively. The bills, on their way to Governor Kasich for approval, revamp Ohio’s teacher evaluation system, tweak teacher licensure provisions, allow districts to administer paper and pencil assessments to third graders, and make a variety of changes related to online charter schools. The online charter measures drew the most public attention with stories in all major newspapers.

Supreme Court Janus decision

The Supreme Court ruled on the Janus case this week, holding that requiring employees to pay negotiating fees to unions violates the first amendment. The 74 describes the particulars and captures early public reaction.

New resource: Success Academy makes its literacy curriculum available

On Thursday, Success Academy Charter Schools (the largest and highest performing charter network in New York City) published its entire middle school curriculum as well as its first e-courses. That means that the charter school network’s entire K-8 literacy program (which has led to exceptional reading achievement for students in New York) is now available for free to everyone. Given their virtually unmatched success, it might be worth checking out.

Lorain educator to lead Cleveland charter school

John Monteleone, a former principal at Lorain City Schools and assistant superintendent of Oberlin Schools, recently became the academic superintendent for Citizens Academy, a Breakthrough charter school in Cleveland. Monteleone is known to have a passion for urban education, as a result of his work in Lorain, and will oversee three schools and 1,400 students in his new position.

Upcoming events

Registration is now open for the Ohio Auditor of State's 2018 Community School Training (August 1) in Columbus, Ohio. Interested in rural education? Check out the National Forum to Advance Rural Education being held in Denver this year (October 11-13). As a reminder, you can still register for the 2018 Project-Based Learning Ohio Institute (July 24-27) in New Albany.

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