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OAPCS Quarterly Newsletter
March 2016
March Legislative Update

As campaign season in Ohio accelerates, OAPCS is tracking new state legislation and the Ohio Department of Education's (ODE) implementation plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

OAPCS 2015 Annual Report Released

The OAPCS 2015 Annual Report is now available on our website. The "by the numbers" progress report covers a year of partnerships and connections that helped drive outcomes to serve the state's community schools.

A Day at Toledo School for the Arts (TSA)

First Fridays showcase student talent and works in progress each month at OAPCS member school Toledo School for the Arts. February's event honored TSA's first School Director Martin Porter, whose vision for an arts-integrated charter school has become a model where students thrive and succeed.

Stepstone Academy: Bridging Hope, Possibilities and Need

As a pioneering charter school in Cleveland's Central Neighborhood, OAPCS member school Stepstone Academy has combined specialized classroom instruction with wrap-around family services to meet the complex challenges of poverty and trauma, offering hope and possibilities to hundreds of students.

Community School Classroom Facilities Grant Program Update

The Ohio School Facilities Commission has approved a template contract for school governing authorities seeking funds through the $25 million Community Schools Classroom Facilities Grant Program. Project grant guidelines were revised in February.

Ohio Department of Education Sets New Framework for Sponsor Performance Review (SPR)

The Ohio Department of Education released its new framework for the SPR in December following recommendations from a three-member Advisory Panel.  

Surveys and Reports Track Charter School Law, Growth and Leadership

Multiple reports and surveys recently released map the growth and changes in charter schools in Ohio and nationally as well as leadership challenges in the state's high performing community schools.

OAPCS Selected for Charter School Board Training Initiative

OAPCS was selected in 2015 to be one of three Charter School Organizations (CSO's) in the country to participate in a year-long program of technical assistance to build capacity in charter school governance. 

Update on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became federal law in December. With the legislation's mandates to reduce federal control of education by increasing state and local control, Ohio is now required to create a plan to meet the new law's requirements. Both NAPCS and NACSA are providing transition guides.


OAPCS recently welcomed five new school members and two new associate members. OAPCS is also seeking members to volunteer for the 2016 State Conference Planning Committee. 

New National Report Ranks Ohio 13th for Health of Charter Movement

Ohio placed 13th in the nation in the NAPCS Health of the Charter Public School Movement report released this month. Ohio's ranking reflects the great diversity in school models and the emphasis on serving students who have high need for better public school options.

Charter School Roundup

See highlights of National School Choice Week, school events and grants.

Charter School Ohio Report Card Analysis

The OAPCS analysis of the State Report Card for the 2014-2015 school year is now available on our website.