News & Updates

Education poverty task force meets

The new House Task Force on Education and Poverty holds first meetings. Read more

Safer Schools Ohio promotes positive school climate

Safer Schools Ohio encourages schools to get Off to a great start by defining and promoting a positive school climate that reflects their individual values and priorities. Read more

New Resource Explains Graduation Options for class of 2018

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently announced the availability of a new handout on graduation requirements for students who entered ninth grade between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

While ODE expects that most students will satisfy new high school curriculum requirements and meet one of the three existing graduation pathways, the recent budget bill (H.B. 49) authorizes two additional options only for students in the class of 2018.

Model Policy Outlines Alternatives to Suspension, Expulsion

The State Board of Education recently adopted a model policy for violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior, including excessive absences.

The new policy – which stresses preventative strategies and alternatives to suspension or expulsion -- aligns with the requirements of H.B. 410 enacted earlier this year and may be adopted in part or in full to meet the needs of individual schools.

State board meetings to air on Ohio Channel

The State Board of Education recently approved a resolution to stream meetings live on the Ohio Channel website, with broadcasts to air as soon as September.

In recent years, audio recordings have been publicly available, allowing K-12 education followers access to deliberations.

“I think this furthers our mission as a state board to allow more people to know what’s going on,” said Nick Owens, who brought the proposal forward. “We make decisions that affect nearly 1.7 million school-aged children and I think the success of our educational system affects all Ohioans … and so it’s an important thing that everyday Ohioans should be able to watch.

The board typically meets the second Monday and Tuesday of each month.

Bar set higher for third-grade reading exam

At its July meeting, the State Board of Education took action to increase the score students must earn in order to demonstrate adequate reading proficiency and to advance to fourth-grade reading.

As required by state law, the board has raised the bar — by about two points — each year since 2012. As a result of the board’s most recent action, the required minimum score is now set at 672.

Nearly four out of five students who took the assessment in the spring of this year would have been promoted had the new score been in place.

Dates set for 2018 state-funded ACT & SAT

Current state law requires schools to administer the state-funded ACT or SAT to all 11th grade students in the spring of the school year. Read more

Foster care resources available

Guidance and support documents to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are now available from ODE. Read more

ODE releases math curricular, instructional updates

The Ohio Department of Education recently released its K-8 Gap Analysis and High School Standards by Course Checklist.  Read more

Application for Sponsorship


Please review all the application materials included in the link below. A full timeline is provided on page 4.
Final Application 18-19 SY
Appendix D-Response 23a-c FY18
Final BCHF Charter Application Eval Rubric 18-19 SY

Proposal Summary is due July 1, 2017. The FULL Application is due August 1, 2017.


A powerpoint of the webinar can be found here (Right click, Save As). Watch the webinar video here.

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Schorr at jschorr@buckeyehope.org or call (614) 942-2002.


If you are interested in transferring your school sponsorship to Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, please contact Jennifer L. Schorr prior to submitting the Transfer Application contained in the link below. jschorr@buckeyehope.org or call (614) 942-2002.

BCHF Transfer Written Application 2018-19SY
Transfer Application Item 3 - If Applicable -Measurable SMART Goals Worksheet
Transfer Application Item 10 - Budget and 5 year forecast
Transfer School Item 11 - School Data Dashboard 2018


Renewal applications will be emailed no later than May 1, 2017 directly to schools whose community school agreement expires on June 30, 2018.

Renewal applications will be due August 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Schorr at jschorr@buckeyehope.org or call (614) 942-2002.

Annual Report

Professional Development

BCHF Education Division: Professional Development Catalog (2017-18)

Workshops and Events


October  4, Columbus 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Register online at: https://register.eventarc.com/39069/resources-for-english-learners

This is a new concept in Professional Development that begins with a full day session focused on teaching science effectively with two 90-minute, online follow-up sessions (December 12 and March 6) in an effort to build a community focused on quality science instruction.
October 11, Cleveland. Register at: https://register.eventarc.com/ 38772/sciencenetwork- cleveland
October 12, Columbus. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/ 38773/science-networkcolumbus

Coaches will learn about a partnership model for coaching, develop a coach’s “toolkit,” and find ways to create effective learning conversations. Instructional coaches will learn ways to develop strong coaching partnerships and learn how their influence can affect the instruction in the entire building.
November 1 in Columbus. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/38751/coaching-101-columbus
November 2 in Cleveland. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/38750/coaching-101-cleveland

builds on last year’s lesson model design training which focused on a direct instruction model..Teachers will be asked to review their data in advance to choose a topic that their students invariably have difficulty mastering. In addition, they should bring their most recent lesson plan for that topic.
November 14 in Cleveland. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/38759/excellent-instructionrevisited- cleveland
November 15 in Columbus. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/38760/excellent-instructionrevisited- columbus

Sticking with Students focuses more deeply on effective lesson delivery components, in particular verbal interactions in the classroom. Learn effective strategies to heighten student engagement.
November 10 in Cleveland. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/38764/sticking-with-studentscleveland
November 17 in Columbus. Register at: https:// register.eventarc.com/38765/sticking-with-studentscolumbus

Sponsor Updates