News & Updates

Legislation provides option for paper testing
Legislation (S.B. 216, 132nd General Assembly) that became effective Nov. 2, 2018, allows schools and districts the option of paper or online test administration only for third-grade state assessments: English language arts and/or mathematics, and Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, English language arts and/or mathematics.

Schools that want to administer these assessments using paper must submit certified resolutions from their boards or governing bodies to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) by May 1 of each year for test administration occurring the following school year.

ODE will release more information about the submission process for the resolutions “at a later date.”  Direct any questions to ODE’s Office of Assessment at 614-466-1317 or statetests@education.ohio.gov

Federal “supplement, not supplant” guidance released
The U.S. Department of Education recently released federal guidance, giving districts and schools more flexibility in spending federal funds than was provided under an Obama administration rule which outlined a number of specific ways to demonstrate compliance.

The new federal guidance aligns with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to the No Child Left Behind Act, which updates the longstanding federal policy that Title 1 funds “supplement, not supplant” state and local dollars for schools serving high percentages of low-income students.

The new proposal deems districts and schools compliant if able to demonstrate they are “Title 1 neutral in that it allocates state and local funds to schools without regard for Title 1 status.” Access the guidance online at: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/snstitleiguidance.pdf

PBIS grant funding available
Competition for the School Climate State Grant for the 2019-2020 school year is now open.  The grant enables the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to provide financial assistance to implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) frameworks and evidence- or research-based social and emotional learning initiatives in eligible buildings.  

The grant prioritizes school buildings with an economically disadvantaged rate above the state average and school buildings with high out-of-school suspension rates.

The application window open closes March 21 at 4:59 p.m.  
Learn more online at:

Lawmakers share conceptual framework for school funding with State Board
Two legislators formed a work group to take a deep dive into Ohio’s approach to school funding to serve as the basis for recommended improvements.  READ MORE

Nominations open for School Resource Officer of the Year
The Ohio School Resource Officers Association is accepting nominations for the 2019 School Resource Officer of the Year Award.  

A chief or sheriff, supervisor, another school resource officer or any school official may nominate an individual.  

Nominees must have a minimum of two years experience as a school resource officer (SRO), be a member of the Ohio School Resource Officers Association, and have a strong commitment to other activities involving SROs and the community.  

The nomination deadline is April 11.  

Access the nomination form online at:

Outgoing auditor releases report on charter facility leases
In December, outgoing Auditor of State Dave Yost released a public interest report of charter school facility leases.  READ MORE

School absence notification measure signed into law
Outgoing Gov. John Kasich signed legislation (H.B. 66), which included an amendment from a bill known as “Alianna’s Alert” passed by the Ohio Senate April of last year.  READ MORE

Ohio ranked 24th
Education Week recently released Quality Counts 2019, assigning Ohio a grade of B- -- slightly above the national average of C+ -- in preparing students for success.  READ MORE

Application for Sponsorship

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

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Workshops and Events

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 2: March 1 - April 30, 2019. Register

Students are more engaged in learning when they are challenged by reallife problems. This workshop will demonstrate how to explicitly teach five problem solving strategies--systematic listing, drawing diagrams, error analysis, working backward, and eliminating possibilities. Ways to develop problem scenarios and evaluate student work will also be emphasized.
Time 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Cleveland: March 13, 2019 Register

This session will update special educators and supervisors with information about new changes or interpretations to special education forms, operating standards, or policies and procedures. We will also focus on success stories and quality practices.
Time: 10 A.M.-3 P.M.
Cleveland: March 14, 2019 Register

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