News & Updates

BCHF receives “effective”sponsor rating
Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) earned an overall rating of “effective” on the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) 2017-2018 sponsor evaluation, the results of which were recently released.  READ MORE

State Board approves long-term graduation requirements proposal
The State Board of Education last month approved the recommendations of its Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee for new high school graduation requirements for 2021 and beyond.  READ MORE

State Board supports dashboard approach to report cards
At the request of Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington), the State Board of Education’s Report Card Stakeholder Workgroup reviewed H.B. 591 – legislation aimed at replacing Ohio’s A-F state report cards with one that features a dashboard of school and district performance data.  READ MORE

Legislative committee considers new approach to e-school funding
The newly created Joint Committee to Study E-School Funding and Operator Accounting Categories -- established through legislation (S.B. 216) passed by the General Assembly in June -- held its first meeting last month.  READ MORE+

Ohio's ACT, SAT scores down
ACT recently released a report revealing that the national average composite score for the class of 2018 dropped slightly from 21 in the previous year to 20.8, with Ohio scores falling from 22 to 20.3 in the first year in which all high school juniors were required to take the ACT or SAT.  READ MORE

State Board approves ODE budget proposals
The State Board of Education recently reviewed, discussed and ultimately approved two budget plans – one with flat funding, and one reflecting a 10 percent reduction of current budgeted funding -- for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the next two fiscal years beginning July 1, 2019.

Options for funding key State Board priorities – early childhood education, literacy programs and teacher professional development – are somewhat limited by the fact that school foundation funding alone represents about 85 percent of ODE’s General Revenue Funding appropriations in the current fiscal year.

Of particular concern to some members of the board are multiple line item cuts aimed at bolstering the report card and accountability system.

New campaign helps students prepare for college
The 3 to Get Ready! statewide initiative will help high school students apply for financial aid, submit college applications and select where they’ll pursue their college education.  READ MORE

INFOhio Educator Tools redesign launched
The INFOhio Educator Tools website has been expanded to include more than 40,000 free resources designed to support personalized learning, project-based learning and the inquiry process.  READ MORE

New OhioMeansJobs resources available
Ohio’s free career planning system – OhioMeansJobs K-12 – offers comprehensive, career exploration tools, online training and resources.  READ MORE

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

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

Frequent, meaningful assessment of student learning is integral to effective instruction. Effective classroom assessment procedures align to standards, use multiple measures, and ensure meaningful feedback to students. This seminar will emphasize discussion and development of formative and summative assessments tied to the high-priority standards you teach on a daily basis. K-12
Time: 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Columbus: December 12, 2018. Register
Cleveland: December 13, 2018, Register

Allowing student voice and choice in learning is an important way to teach to the whole child. This workshop will demonstrate how choice menus can be
used in all academic subject areas and how students can be held accountable for learning standards through projects guided by choice menus. K-12.
Time: 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Columbus: January 16, 2019. Register
Cleveland: January 17, 2019. Register

Two sections of this course will be offered, each open to 25 participants. Both sections have the same content. Using strategies that address social emotional learning increases engagement, understanding and academic achievement. This course details characteristics of effective, direct, standards-based lessons
and how to include strategies that support social emotional learning.
Section 1: January 15 - February 28, 2019. Register
Section 2: March 1 - April 30, 2019. Register

Sponsor Updates