News & Updates

House, Senate pass two key education bills before summer recess
The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives made the passage of two key bills – H.B. 87 and S.B. 216 – a priority on their last day in session before the General Assembly’s summer recess.  READ MORE

Congressional hearing focuses on charter schools
Republicans and Democrats in Congress may differ in their overall support of charter schools, but a recent somewhat tense hearing revealed a universal belief that greater accountability and better authorizing of charter schools should be a high priority.  READ MORE

State Board addresses strategic plan, Drop Out Recovery rules; delays action on third-grade reading benchmark
At its June meeting, the State Board of Education voted to adopt the recently developed five-year strategic plan for education beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.  READ MORE

House Bill 21 clears Ohio House, Senate
Legislation requiring charter schools – rather than districts – to verify the resident school district of its students annually and upon enrollment has been approved by the Ohio House and Senate, and sent to the Governor.  READ MORE

Safer Schools promotes useful resources
To assist schools and community organizations in locating local mental and behavioral health treatment providers, the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success developed the online School and Community Continuum of Services Map.

This useful online tool is an interactive county-by-county map that lists agencies that provide mental health and behavioral health services, and includes agency contact information, links to a map and directions to the facility, and highlights the prevention, intervention and treatment services provided by each agency. Access the map online

Attorney General provides school safety resources
Attorney General Mike DeWine is providing new resources aimed at enhancing school safety. Ten two- to three-minute active response videos – designed to supplement existing school training -- are available, along with a companion workbook, at https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/schoolsafety Fifteen additional videos are currently in production.  

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s six drones are also available to capture exterior photographs of school buildings to supplement schools’ emergency management plans.  Requests for photographs can be made by calling 855-BCI-OHIO.

"Although the attorney general’s office does not have oversight or authority over Ohio schools, I have always believed that it is important to use the resources of this office in any way we can to help Ohio’s kids," DeWine said.

State agency warns:  Don’t hire unlicensed security
School safety is top-of-mind as school shootings have become almost commonplace.  As a result, an increasing number of districts and boards are now considering the use of private security personnel to make their buildings safer.  Against that backdrop, the Ohio Department of Public Safety warns against hiring unlicensed companies, noting that Ohio law requires security guard companies to be licensed and guards registered.

Licensure ensures that companies meet state requirements and are insured, and that all employees have passed criminal background checks.

Schools can locate or verify licensed security guard companies through the Department’s Private Investigator Security Guard Services (PISGS) website --http://www.pisgs.ohio.gov/ -- by clicking on “Search for Licensed Providers” under “Quick Links.”

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

Letter of Intent to Apply is due July 1, 2018

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

Transfer and Renewal Applications will be posted in the month of June. Please contact Jennifer Schorr at jschorr@buckeyehope.org for more information.

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Professional Development

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Workshops and Events

August 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, Columbus
Lunch will be provided.
Are you entering a new school leadership position or just a “new to you” school leadership assignment? Are you wondering about what compliance issues or fiscal issues may confront you? What are the possible pitfalls? And, most of all, how can you get help when you need it? This workshop will address these issues and give you a sense of the sponsor’s role in supporting school leaders. The workshop will acquaint new school leaders with many of the compliance, planning and leadership issues they will encounter.
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August 2, 4 to 7 p.m., Columbus
Dinner will be provided
School leaders must perform a variety of functions related to maintaining the school’s code of conduct and managing problem behaviors. This session will cover the procedural and legal aspects of suspension and expulsion, as well as proactive solution frameworks including an overview of PBIS, RTI/ MTSS for behavior, and restorative justice.
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August 3, 9 a.m. to 12 noon with the option to stay for individualized technical assistance, Columbus
Corrective action need not be scary words! If your school is at risk of not meeting performance measures in the sponsor contract, or if you have already received a request for a corrective action plan, please plan to attend this workshop. Content will include elements of academic corrective action, including root cause analysis and selection of high yield strategies. Content will also address compliance corrective action requests.
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September 18, 5 to 7 p.m, Columbus
BCHF will hold its Fall Dropout Recovery Roundtable — an opportunity for school leaders and others involved in BCHF’s sponsored dropout recovery programs to interact with Dr. Joe Hendershott, author of The Wounded Student. Find strategies to help at-risk and troubled youth in your school.
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September 19, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and September 20, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Columbus
BCHF is very excited to have Dr. Joe Hendershott, author of The Wounded Student, as the keynote speaker. Details to follow.
Register for Wednesday September 19

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