News & Updates

BCHF earns “effective” ratings from ODE

As reported in previous issues of Buckeye Community Hope Foundation’s monthly newsletter, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) was required by state law to assess the performance of all charter school sponsors, assign ratings, and release the information no later than October 15.

Education Division Director Peggy Young and Associate Director Jennifer Robison are pleased to announce that BCHF was one of only five (of 65) sponsors to earn “effective” ratings for both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.

Overall ratings were based on three equally weighted components: school academic performance; school and sponsor compliance; and, sponsor quality practices.  BCHF scored well in the areas of compliance and quality, but like most sponsors, scored much lower in school academic performance.

Look for more information on the high-stakes sponsor performance assessments in the November issue of the Sponsor Update.

BCHF All Schools Meeting motivating and informative

Nearly 90 school leaders and others associated with schools sponsored by BCHF recently came together for a dynamic day-long event featuring internationally-acclaimed consultant, speaker and author Mychal Wynn and other presenters on a range of important topics.   Read more   Click here for meeting handouts

As expected, state report card results disappointing

The September release of state school and district report cards for the 2015-2016 year revealed expected, but disappointing, results as efforts to introduce new learning standards, new state assessments and new report cards are implemented. Read more

USDOE designates Ohio grant as “high-risk”

A federal charter school grant previously awarded to Ohio was put on hold at the urging of State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and other anti-charter policy makers following exclusion of e-schools from the academic performance component of the sponsor performance assessment.

 Last month, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) communicated its decision to approve the grant – albeit with high-risk special conditions – in a letter to Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria.

 The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will be required to submit all payment requests to the USDOE for approval prior to any funds being released.  USDOE approval will be required for ODE’s plans for awarding sub-grants, with additional prerequisites for awarding sub-grants to dropout recovery schools.  ODE is required to submit semiannual reports to the USDOE detailing activities and expenditures, and must hire an independent monitor and form a grant implementation advisory committee to strengthen accountability.

 "We are encouraged by the reforms put in place by Ohio’s House Bill 2 to strengthen charter school authorizer oversight and charter school accountability and we appreciate the written and public assurance that ODE has provided to confirm that the state will be able to implement the requirements of H.B. 2, including the requirement to complete the Authorizer Quality Performance Review process by the October 15, 2016 deadline,” the letter stated.

Bookmark it!

Visit – and bookmark – the Ohio Department of Education’s official blog, ExtraCredit, which offers commentary and insight on a wide range of education issues from department experts and guest bloggers from throughout Ohio’s schools and support organizations.  Ideas, feedback and comment to promote a two-way dialogue are welcome.  Recent blog topics include: addressing the needs of students who are chronically absent from school; building student success through relevant career pathways; and, why industry credentials are important for students, schools and communities.  

2016-2017 Green Ribbon Schools application now available

Ohio is again participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program that recognizes schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.  Ohio can nominate up to four schools or districts, including nonpublic schools, for this national recognition.  The application is here.

Application for Sponsorship

The application period for NEW Schools for the 17-18SY is now closed.

Sponsor TRANSFER applications are due by November 1st. Click here for the Transfer Application documents.

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

Annual Report

Professional Development

BCHF Education Division: Professional Development Catalog (2016-17)

Workshops and Events

Click here for list and details of all professional development for 2016-17

Coaching Curriculum into Action

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10 am - 3 pm Cleveland. Register
Wednesday November 2, 2016 Columbus Register

Developing Effective Assessments

Wednesday, November 7, 2016 10 am - 3 pm Columbus. Register

Data for Dropout Recovery

Rescheduled! Thursday, November 10, 2016 4 pm - 6 pm Columbus Register

Transition Plans and the IEP

Friday, October 28, 2016 9 am - noon Dayton Register

Using Value-Added Data and Test Statistics

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Columbus 10 am-3 pm Register

Sponsor Updates

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