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Writing every day in every class

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” — Ray Bradbury

Writing is thinking. Writing is learning. Writing is argument. Writing is everything. This year, in the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation’s Writing Challenge, student writers discovered that writing is thinking, learning, arguing and everything. Over 400 students in 45 buildings participated in this year’s writing challenge.

Elementary students read The Buzz on Bees and responded to this non-fiction work about bees and their place in the ecosystem of the earth. Middle school students read Chew on This, a non-fiction text about the production of food. High school students read a series of articles about whether or not a college education is worth the money. Each school selected a winning essay from each grade band for submission to BCHF. A team of five readers read those essays and scored them on a rubric. Each essay was read a minimum of two times and scores combined to identify the winners.

Congratulations to the following students who are this year’s Writing Challenge winners. Student winners were awarded with trophies; rewards were also given for schools and teachers.


3rd Grade: Elvira Iskandar—Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown

4th Grade: Cabdullaahi Nuur; Kofi Ocran—Horizon Science Academy Elementary

5th Grade: Danely Caraballo; Aleanna Britton; Charity Jones—Lincoln Park Academy

6th Grade: EliJah Berindoave —Buckeye Preparatory Academy

7th Grade: Alisha Powell—Winton Preparatory Academy

8th Grade: Lacey Yacketta—Constellation Schools: Puritas Community Middle


Danely Caraballo; Aleanna Britton; Charity Jones—Lincoln Park Academy


Lacey Yacketta—Constellation Schools: Puritas Community Middle School


Anvar Akhmedov—Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School

Vote unanimous for new state superintendent

As expected, the State Board of Education took action to name a new superintendent of public instruction to oversee the Ohio Department of Education. After narrowing the field and interviewing the most qualified candidates, the State Board unanimously voted to hire Paolo DeMaria to fill the position left vacant by the retirement of Dr. Richard Ross.

Elected and appointed members of the State Board often disagree philosophically on key issues, so the unanimous support for DeMaria represents a much-needed positive outcome. Well-known around Capitol Square as a former fiscal analyst to the Ohio Senate, director of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management, and chief education policy advisor to two governors – George Voinovich and Bob Taft – DeMaria is well-liked and respected.

The Columbus Dispatch (and other major daily newspapers in Ohio) editorialized in support of the selection of DeMaria, calling him a “wise choice” for the position.

Charter School Application for 17-18SY

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Buckeye Community Hope Foundation as your potential charter school Authorizer.

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation hosted a new school applicant webinar on Friday, May 20th to review the RFP for schools wishing to open for the 2017-2018SY.

Below you will find links to the following:

Recorded Application Webinar (Right Click 'Save Link As' to Download video file)

New School Application for the 2017-2018SY – Please refer to the Submission Timeline

Application Evaluation Rubric

Sample BCHF Contract

Sample BCHF Contract with Exhibits

New School Considerations

Forms for IRN and Initiating Payments

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Jennifer Robison, Associate Director, at  or  or call (614) 942-2002.

If you are an existing school in Ohio and are seeking to change from your current Authorizer (Sponsor), please contact Jennifer Robison at or call (614) 942-2002.

Annual Report

BCHF Education Division Annual Report 2014-2015

Sponsor Updates

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