Ohio Charter News Weekly - 9/14/18


What’s slowing down the growth of charter schools?

Charter school growth in Ohio and around the country has slowed. Amy Wilkins, Senior Vice President of Advocacy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, recently joined Todd Feinburg on his radio show to talk about why and the important role that charters play in the public education ecosystem. Listen here.  

DeWine’s plan for education and charter schools

Last week, Mike DeWine, Republican candidate for governor, released his education agenda. Although it didn’t focus on charter schools, he has pledged to hold online schools more accountable by establishing a pay-for-performance model that requires students to show competency on end-of-course exams before an online school receives all of its state aid. You can read his full plan here.

Cordray’s plan for education and charter schools

This week, Richard Cordray, Democratic candidate for governor, unveiled his plan for education. He would (among other things) directly fund all charter schools with state funds, permit only nonprofit charter operators, and apply all regulations that apply to traditional public schools to charter schools. Click here to read the full plan.

Charter school effects on district spending and achievement

Among the most frequently heard complaints about charter schools is that they drain money from traditional districts, potentially harming students who stay behind. Yet another school of thought theorizes that charters encourage district improvements by injecting competition into a largely monopolistic system. Fordham’s Aaron Churchill takes a look at a new study that puts both these claims to the test using data from Massachusetts, a state that recently held a hotly debated and ultimately unsuccessful referendum on expanding charters.

California bans for profit charters

Last Friday, California passed legislation that bans for-profit charter schools. Assembly Bill 406 will prohibit companies from managing or running the state’s taxpayer-funded, independently run charters. You can read about the bill here.

Upcoming events

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these events: The 2018 NACSA Leadership Conference (October 22-25, Orlando) the 2018 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference (October 28-31, Columbus) the Ohio School Improvement Institute (November 15-16, Columbus), and the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform (December 5-7, Washington, D.C.).

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