News & Updates

At its June meeting, the State Board of Education considered social and emotional learning standards, with much debate over their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Several board members questioned the ability to determine whether social-emotional instruction would benefit students. “You measure it because you walk into a classroom that has orderly, happy, smiling children,” said Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), who chairs the Senate Education Committee and serves as an ex-officio member of the State Board. “That’s the measurement.”

The resolution establishing voluntary guidelines on social-emotional standards was approved by a vote of 11-6.  

Legislation currently being considered by the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee would require the State Board of Education to adopt either the most recent health education standards developed by the American Association for Health Education or standards prescribed by the State Board itself (based on the AAHE standards), repealing the current prohibition against the State Board adopting or revising standards or curriculum in the area of health unless approved by the House and Senate.

Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin), who is a physician, and Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) introduced H.B. 165 and testified on the desperate need for high quality health education in Ohio, noting that Ohio is the only state in the U.S. without health education standards.

Many stakeholders testified in support of the bill, which would permit – not require – districts and schools to utilize the proposed new health standards.  

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Gayle Manning (R-N. Ridgeville) and Rep. Erica Crawley (D. Columbus) calls for a reduction in the number of required end-of-course assessments from seven to three, bringing Ohio in line with federal minimums on testing.

Students would still be required to take assessments in English language arts II, science and algebra, but beginning with the class of 2022 would no longer be required to take assessments in English language arts I, geometry, American history and American government.

Also beginning with the class of 2022, the requirement that high school students take a nationally standardized college admission assessment (ACT or SAT) would be eliminated. House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) supports reduced testing, but Senate President Larry Obhof (R- Medina) told reporters that “We are not going to eliminate American history and government exams.”

The Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) new Ohio K-12 computer science webpage is available. It includes Ohio’s Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Computer Science, along with guidance documents on the use of computer science courses to satisfy graduation requirements. The site also offers information pertaining to licensure requirements, links to career resources, professional organizations and curriculum-development resources. Access documents and information online at: Click here

As previously reported, the version of the state biennial budget bill (H.B. 66) passed by the House of Representatives did not include a new school funding strategy developed by a bipartisan workgroup chaired by Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (DJefferson). But Cupp and Patterson continue to push for the plan, which has been tweaked to address concerns that it negatively impacts poor rural and urban districts.

Last month, stakeholders continued to advocate for addressing the issue of school funding in H.B. 166. Included among them was Delaware City School District Superintendent Paul Craft, who told the committee that a group of districts plan to sue the state if the budget bill doesn’t address the needs of growing districts, which are negatively impacted by funding caps.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has been firm in his position that a new funding formula be put in place through stand-alone legislation rather than the budget bill.

As previously reported, the State Board of Education has formed a dropout prevention and recovery (DOPR) work group to study various issues — including accountability — and make recommendations for legislative and/or administrative changes.

The work group is chaired by former legislator John Hagan, who represents District 8. District 5 representative Linda Haycock serves as vice chair. Two members of the work group have ties to schools sponsored by Buckeye Community Hope Foundation: Roger Fox, who serves as director for The Academy for Urban Scholars Columbus; and, Cris Gulacy-Worrel, vice president of development and advocacy for Oakmont Education – the management company for YB Columbus Community School.

The work group held three meetings in June, and has three scheduled in July. It is tasked with presenting a report outlining recommended legislative and/or administrative changes to the State Board of Education prior to its December 2019 meeting.

The Education Law Association will host a one-day workshop – Legal Issues for Ohio Community & Charter Schools – in the Columbus area (suburban Dublin) on August 22 (re-scheduled from May and August 8).

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation’s Vice President of Legal Affairs Stephanie Klupinski and Accountability and School Improvement Lead Dr. Carol Young are among the presenters. Their session is titled Chasing the Dream of Charter Autonomy. Other topics include: recent legal issues in special education; safety and related issues including the first and fourth amendments; legislative update; and, government relations, governance, public records and open meetings.

Register or learn more at: Click here


Application for Sponsorship

New School or Replication of a High Performing Charter School

Full Application is due August 1, 2019
Access information for the BCHF new/replicating school
Application webinar is provided below. If you have any questions,
Please contact Jennifer Schorr at jschorr@buckeyehope.org or call (614) 942-2002.

  1. BCHF Application for New and Replicating Communiy Schools 20-21SY
  2. Appendix A 2020-2021SY Application
  3. Appendix B 2020-2021SY Application
  4. Appendix C 2020-2021SY Application
  5. Appendix D 2020-2021SY Application
  6. Application Required Tables New and Replication Application
  7. Application Scoring Rubric 20-21SY

BCHF New & Replicating School Application Webinar
Below you will find a link to the recorded webinar held on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Link to the BCHF New _ Replicating School Application Webinar
Link to the PowerPoint slides

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

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

Renewal Application

All schools sponsored by Buckeye Community Hope Foundation are eligible to apply for renewal of their sponsorship contract set to expire June 30, 2020. Renewal applications will be sent out to the governing board of each school via email on July 15, 2019.

Renewal applications will be due by September 1, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Schorr, Associate Director at jschorr@buckeyehope.org or call (614) 942-2002.

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Workshops and Events

Please mark your 2019-2020 academic calendars and plan to attend these upcoming events:


BCHF Corrective Action Seminar
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Time: 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Registration deadline is July 24, 2019 5:00 P.M. Register here 

New School Leaders Orientation
Thursday, August 1, 2019 Time: 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Registration deadline is July 25, 2019 5:00 P.M. Register here 

Special Summer Drop Out Recovery Roundtable
Friday, August 2, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Registration deadline is July 25, 2019 5:00 P.M. Register here

Fall Dropout Recovery Roundtable
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Registration deadline is September 10, 2019 5:00 P.M. Register here

All Schools Meeting 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Registration deadline is September 10, 2019 5:00 P.M. Register here

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