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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 6 of 10

March 25, 2015
 Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts".

 

 

Myth: Charter schools remain open even if they fail to provide positive student outcomes.

Fact: If an Ohio charter school does not meet required standards and consistently fails to meet academic expectations, they are subject to Ohio’s automatic closure laws – the toughest in the country. In fact, unlike underperforming traditional public schools that generally remain open regardless of poor academic performance, charter schools can be closed based on their performance in the first four years of operation. 

 

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 5 of 10

March 24, 2015
 Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts".

 

 

Myth: Charter school teachers are substandard as compared to those who teach in traditional public schools.

Fact: Charter school teachers must be licensed, certified, and “highly qualified” (as defined under federal law). 

 
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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 4 of 10

March 18, 2015
 Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts".

 

 

 

Myth: There is a lack of transparency around charter school spending and fiscal management.

Fact: Just like traditional public schools, charter schools are publicly funded and subject to state and federal laws that dictate fiscal management.  Charter schools are also subject to fiscal oversight by sponsors and governing boards, and are audited by the Auditor of State (or its designee) on an annual basis.

 

 

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 3 of 10

March 16, 2015

Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts".

 

 

Myth: Charter schools are private schools.

Fact: Charter schools are public schools.  They are tuition-free and obligated to accept all students who seek to enroll.

 

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 2 of 10

March 11, 2015

Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts".

 

 

MYTH: Charter schools operate without little oversight.

FACT: Sponsors (aka authorizers), which operate under the authority and oversight of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), are tasked with providing rigorous oversight and monitoring of charter schools.  Additionally, all charter school operators report to not-for-profit governing boards, which must hold them accountable for all aspects of school performance.

 

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OAPCS “Busts” Charter School Myths

March 10, 2015

Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts".

 

 

MYTH: Charter schools aren’t held accountable.

FACT: Public charter schools are held accountable to the same key state and federal laws and regulations, including state testing, financial audits, and overall academic standards as traditional public schools. In Ohio they are subject, based on academic performance, to the toughest automatic closure laws in the country.

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131st General Assembly Legislative Pocket Directory

March 6, 2015

As a membership-driven organization, we strive to ensure that our members are represented in Columbus. To that end, it is also important for us to provide the necessary tools so that we can work collaboratively with our members in achieving the best outcomes. We would like to unveil the latest OAPCS 131st General Assembly Legislative Pocket Directory, which lists contact information for all current legislators at each level of government. Providing this useful tool is one of the benefits of being a member of our organization! 

Click here to view the Legislative Pocket Directory

 

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In Memoriam: Mr. Rafael Aponte

January 13, 2015
In Memoriam:  Mr. Rafael Aponte

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Horizon Science Academy - Columbus Middle School on Fox 28 News

December 8, 2014
Lifestyle Reporter Alissa Henry visited Horizon Science Academy's Middle School and got to check out the students science expirements, hovercrafts, robots, jump roping and more!

Alissa Henry takes a ride on a hovercraft at this amazing middle school. Watch the video!

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