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OAPCS Quarterly Newsletter
June 2016
June Legislative Update

A voting marathon wrapped up the Spring 2016 legislative session. Here's a list of pending bills being tracked by OAPCS for fall and updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation.

Charter Schools Receive State Awards

Charter schools across Ohio were recognized this spring by the Ohio Department of Education for academic achievements and reaching State Report Card metrics ensuring student growth.




Community Connector Grants Create Charter School Partnerships for Mentoring

The Community Connectors Program of the Ohio Department of Education awarded grants to  21 charter schools that have partnered with nonprofit agencies and other organizations to create student mentoring programs to develop skills for school and career success.


Lorain Horizon Science Academy: Solving Health Needs and Acing Science Fairs

A string of awards has followed the innovative science projects of students at OAPCS member school Horizon Science Academy Lorain. Many were inspired by health challenges of family and friends and a motivation to compete on a larger stage. 



School Reform Leaders Call for Culture Change and Elevating Education Above Politics

National education reform leader and author Kevin Chavous and veteran educator and leader Jim Mahoney of Battelle for Kids called for educators and policy makers to create a learning culture that transcends partisan politics and focuses on students at the OAPCS Leadership Series Event this month.    


Charter Schools in Ohio Making Gains in Closing Rich-Poor Achievement Gap

Nearly half of Ohio schools making progress in closing the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more affluent peers are charter schools, according to a national report released this spring. Four cities lead the list.






10th Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference

Register now to receive discounted early bird registration rates and conference hotel rates for the OAPCS 10 th   Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference to be held December 7-8, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center. 



Membership

Renew your OAPCS membership this month and review the benefits from two new Charter Marketplace partners Office Depot and PeopleAdmin.



Statehouse Rally Highlights National Charter Schools Week

More than 400 Ohio families and students gathered at the Statehouse May 3, 2016 to celebrate National Charter Schools Week and share their stories.  




Studies and Surveys Map Parent Attitudes, Press Coverage of Charters and Policies

New studies and surveys from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and other research groups address parental attitudes about charter schools, press coverage and bias of charters and state policies addressing backfilling and expansion.



Charter School Roundup

See highlights of school awards, student achievements and summer programs.