News & Updates

Advisory committee encouraged to advocate on graduation standards
Members of the state Superintendent's Advisory Committee for High School Graduation Standards were recently advised to reach out to legislators if they believe the relaxed graduation requirements in place for 2018 graduates should be extended, as recommended by the State Board of Education.  READ MORE

Study finds school funding efforts slowed during last 10 years
A new study -- 20 Years of School Funding Post-DeRolph -- conducted by the Ohio Education Policy Institute's Howard Fleeter and commissioned by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of School Business Officials and Ohio School Boards Association was recently released.  READ MORE

Low-cost, free dental care available to children
Qualifying families can access free dental care for their children through Smile Programs – the nation’s largest in-school dental program offering free preventive and restorative care to 500,000 underserved children each year.  Children insured with Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can get free treatment through the program.  Private insurance is also accepted, though charges apply.  Parents and schools can learn more at: http://www.mobiledentists.com/

Additions made to industry-recognized credentials list
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, recently released additions to its 2018-2019 Industry-Recognized Credentials List.

A panel of more than 70 industry professionals reviewed all approved credentials and all credential applications earlier this year.  The result is expansion of the list to include 11 additional credentials within the career fields of: business and finance; hospitality and tourism; construction; health; transportation; and, information technology.

ODE will post the updated list on its website in the coming weeks.  The ODE list of new credentials is available here.

Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest now open

The Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal is conducting its annual, statewide Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.  An excellent opportunity for kids to think and learn about fire safety, the contest is open to elementary school students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  The deadline for submitting entries is Nov. 5.  Learn more here

Students encouraged to seek nominations to U.S. Service Academies
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) encourage Ohioans interested in 2019 admission to U.S. Military Service Academies to apply to each senator's office for a congressional nomination.  READ MORE

Auditor recommends development, implementation of crowd-funding policies
The Ohio Auditor of State recently unveiled a report developed in response to requests for guidance on the use of crowd-funding by schools.  READ MORE

Online resource helps parents find before- and after-school care

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) encourage parents to visit ChildCareSearch.Ohio.gov when searching for before and after-school care for their children. 

Families can search for child care providers by county, city, zip code and program type, as well as by Step Up to Quality rating – Ohio’s five-star tiered quality rating and improvement system which recognizes programs that exceed minimum health and safety standards and promote children’s learning and development.  

Programs listed at ChildCareSearch.Ohio.gov serve children of all ages, including infants and preschoolers.  All child care programs in Ohio serving more than six children – or more than three children under age 2 – must be licensed. Learn more here.

Get to know new report card elements
The 2018 Ohio state report cards to be released in September will include new and modified calculations.  READ MORE

Report recommends increased funding for early childhood education
Groundwork Ohio’s Ohio Early Childhood Race& Rural Equity Report 2018 reveals that poverty is a key factor in determining academic outcomes and that students who start school behind for socioeconomic reasons stay behind.  READ MORE

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

Free access to LinkedIn’s online training available
Beginning Sept. 1, 2018, online courses from Lynda.com will be available free to Ohioans with a valid Ohio library card.  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

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

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

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

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

Download the Professional Development request form

Workshops and Events

This is a one-day “bootcamp” covering basic elements of quality instruction and classroom management. Teachers will learn about effective management systems and dealing with disruptions in the classroom. They will then learn about best practices for effective lesson planning and delivery.
September 27, 2018 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cleveland Register online

Sponsor Updates