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News & Updates

State report cards: Brick and mortar charters outperform Big 8 district schools in overall value-added
According to an analysis of 2016-2017 report cards by Buckeye Charter School Boards, Inc. (BCSB), brick and mortar charter schools out-paced Big 8 urban district schools in overall value-added. READ MORE

Each Child, Our Future to provide strategic direction
The State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria have unveiled a vision for Ohio’s system of K-12 public education in its recently released five-year strategic plan: Each Child, Our Future.  The plan identifies ensuring equity as Ohio’s greatest educational challenge – providing each and every child – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background and/or income -- with access to relevant and challenging academic experiences and resources.

More than 150 stakeholders from throughout the state contributed to development of the plan, with an additional 1,200 Ohio citizens participating in 13 regional meetings. Access the plan online

State Board members among policy makers raising state report card concerns
Recent release of 2017-2018 state school report cards has continued debate and discussion on whether Ohio’s current accountability scorecard accurately reflects school performance.  At its Sept. meeting, members of the State Board of Education joined the debate, expressing concern that Ohio’s report cards do not paint an accurate picture of school and district performance. 

An important reminder of Lindsay's Law
School leaders who haven’t yet added provisions of S.B. 252 (enacted Sept. 2017) to their training and parent communications task lists should do so!  The legislation, named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis, who suffers from a heart condition, seeks to address potential cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest among student athletes.  In accordance with the law, various stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating (or desiring to participate) in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/landing/Lindsays-Law.aspx

House, Senate education committee chairs set priorities
Chairs of the Senate Education Committee and House Education and Career Readiness Committee shared their plans for the short legislative session that will occur before the 132nd General Assembly comes to a close at the end of 2018.  READ MORE

AG sponsors 2018 Take Action scholarship contest
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced the start of the 10th annual Take Action Video Contest, which gives Ohio high school students a chance to win up to $2,500 in college scholarships.  To enter the contest, Ohio high school students in grades nine through 12 must produce and submit a 60-second video on one of three topics: the National Do Not Call Registry; dealing with illegal robocalls; or, using technology to stop unwanted calls.  The deadline to enter is Dec. 7.
Learn more at: https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/TakeActionContest

Report recommends increased funding for early childhood education
Groundwork Ohio’s Ohio Early Childhood Race& Rural Equity Report 2018 reveals that poverty is a key factor in determining academic outcomes and that students who start school behind for socioeconomic reasons stay behind.  READ MORE

Application for Sponsorship

Please review all application materials in the links below for a new or replication of an existing high performing school. -

1. BCHF Application for New and Replicating Community Schools 19-20SY
2. Appendix A - D 2019-2020SY Application
3. FINAL Required Tables New and Replication Applications
4. Scoring Rubric BCHF Application New and Replicating


Full Application is due September 1, 2018

BCHF New/Replicating School Application webinar has been archived here. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Schorr at jschorr@buckeyehope.org

Interested in Changing Sponsors?
Below are links to the Sponsorship Transfer Application. If at any time you have questions, please contact Jennifer Schorr at jschorr@buckeyehope.org

  1. BCHF Transfer Written Application to begin 2019-2020SY
  2. Attachment A - BCHF Transfer Written Application to begin 2019-2020SY
  3. Attachment B - BCHF Transfer Written Application to begin 2019-2020SY
  4. Attachment C-BCHF Transfer Written Application to begin 2019-2020SY

Renewal Application
The following schools sponsored by Buckeye Community Hope Foundation are eligible to apply for renewal of their sponsorship contract set to expire June 30, 2019:
Buckeye Preparatory Academy
R.E.A.C.H. Academy
Toledo SMART Elementary School dba Toledo SMART Bilingual Elementary School

Renewal applications were sent to the governing authorities of each school via email on September 4, 2018.
Renewal applications are due to be submitted no later than October 15, 2018.

The following link contains the template of the renewal application for eligible schools.

Annual Report

Professional Development


Download the Professional Development request form

Workshops and Events

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP – Offered online!
Leaders need support, too! Our innovative, new Leadership Network will be an online discussion group, supplemented by quarterly face-to-face meetings. Topics will focus on current issues for principals and other school leaders. The network conversations will be based on the book, The Principal 50 by Baruti K. Kafele, and will cover topics from school branding to accountability and community engagement. This networking opportunity will span most of the school year (September 1 through April 30) and has great potential for connecting school leaders to others with similar issues and concerns!
Register here

FALL SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE – Offered regionally!
BCHF encourages all key special education staff to attend the fall meeting of its Special Education Network scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This session will present policy, procedural, and legal updates from BCHF, USDOE and ODE. A forum for discussion of trends and current issues will also be provided.
Cleveland – October 11, 2018 Register here

DESIGNING EFFECTIVE LESSONS THAT SUPPORT SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
This seminar – scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- will involve participants in actually using strategies to build social-emotional learning among students. Student engagement, understanding, and academic achievement are all fostered when social-emotional learning needs of students are addressed. This seminar details characteristics of effective, standards-based lessons that incorporate socialemotional as well as academic learning!
Columbus – October 11, 2018 Register here

COACHING 101 Instructional coaches can be significant change agents in schools. However, coaches need to have an effective service delivery model. In this session, coaches will learn about a partnership model for coaching. They will develop a coach’s “toolkit,” and find ways to create effective learning conversations. Instructional coaches will learn how to best leverage influence to positively impact instruction in the entire school. This session – scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- is appropriate for instructional coaches and also for school leaders and building leadership teams. Columbus - October 25, 2018 Register here

Sponsor Updates