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OAPCS Quarterly Newsletter
September 2016
A Conversation with the New OAPCS President and CEO

On September 6, RaShaun Holliman started in his leadership role with OAPCS. For Holliman, advancing opportunities for all students through access to quality charter schools and expanding educational partnerships will be key focus areas of his initiatives.
 

Legislative Update

Abbreviated Senate and House sessions are scheduled this fall before the 131st General Assembly concludes for 2016. Review the bills being tracked by OAPCS for fall and updates on Sponsor Performance Reviews and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation.

Eight Charter Schools Receive Community School Classroom Facilities Grants

Eight charter schools were approved August 19th for $17 million in the state's new facilities grant program initiated this spring to expand and renovate schools and classrooms.



Graham Expeditionary Middle School Plays it Forward through Community Partnerships

Two innovative programs at GEMS bring together community partners with a shared passion to expand opportunities for kids.

 

Charter School Graduates Share Their Challenges and Successes on Stage

Charter school graduates Damani Barnes, Khadidja Diouf and Anna Marie Ridenour took to the stage at the summer charter school summit hosted by Ohio's State Auditor and discussed the opportunities, mentoring, and support their schools provided that inspired their achievements and career goals. 
  



OAPCS Workshops Address State Report Cards and Legal Issues for Charters

Two professional development events are scheduled this fall for charter school leaders, teachers, board members, sponsors and legal and business professionals on timely topics related to academic performance measures and legal and legislative issues.



U.S. Department of Education Releases Ohio's $32 Million CSP Grant

After a year with the grant in a hold status, the U.S. Department of Education has given final release of the $32 million CSP grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Education for the replication and expansion of high performing charter schools.





OAPCS Schedules Regional Meetings Across Ohio in October

A series of regional meetings are scheduled in October for Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton and Columbus hosted by OAPCS CEO and President RaShaun Holliman.





10th Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference

Conference breakout sessions are finalized in the subject areas of Instruction, Leadership, Operations, Finance, Policy and Communications. Register now to receive advanced discounted 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

Nominations are now open for the OAPCS Teacher and School Leader of the Year Awards for 2016 to be announced at the OAPCS VIP Launch Party December 6. Deadlines for nominations are October 17, 2016.



New Board Member Joins OAPCS

OAPCS welcomed Cristina Gulacy-Worrel as a new board member in August.




Buckeye Charter School Board, Inc. to Merge Annual Conference with OAPCS

Buckeye Charter School Boards, Inc. (BCSB) will merge its annual conference for 2016 with the first day of the 10th
Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference. 



Charter School Roundup

See highlights of new charter schools, funding opportunities and educator resources.