Washington, DC – The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) released today the findings of a multi-state survey of Black adults concerning parental choice andeducation reform, showing strong support among this significant segment of the population for choice measures such as charter schools and state voucher programs. The study entitled, “A Survey Report on Education Reform, Charter Schools, and the Desire for Parental Choice in the Black Community,” conducted in March of this year and commissioned by BAEO, surveyed nearly 2,000 Black registered voters selected at random throughout four Southern states. BAEO designed the survey to gauge attitudes and opinions within the Black community on education reform, charter schools, and the need for parental choice in their community.
The Freedom to Choose a Quality Education Is a Right Worth Celebrating
By Governor John Kasich
The freedom to pursue our dreams and a better future for ourselves and our children is part of what makes America great. Remembering how Ohio’s longstanding commitment to educational choices for families puts this freedom into practice is something worth celebrating this Fourth of July.
Public schools, private schools, parochial school, charter schools, homeschooling, online schools, and vouchers to attend non-public schools are some of the education options that families and students have at their disposal in Ohio. There is no one-size-fits-all answer in education and Ohio’s array of education options gives families the freedom to find the school setting that aligns best with their values and their children’s needs.
I strongly support this freedom of choice in education and have worked to expand families’ education choices. In my first budget we made it possible for more families to benefit from school choice options and, working with the General Assembly, I’m proud to report that Ohio is adding to these choices in the new two-year budget that I just signed into law.
Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools President, Bill Sims, briefs Columbus City Mayor Michael Coleman and City Council President Andrew Ginther on charter schools in Ohio, their relative place nationally and their role in education reform and innovation, November 1, 2012. Video of the briefing is HERE and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation is HERE.
At this year's State Charter School Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Michelle Rhee of StudentsFirst joined Ohio Alliance president Bill Sims in conversation about the importance of challenging conventional thinking when it comes to public education and how critical it is for education stakeholders to be earnest in making sure that what we do is genuinely in the best interests of students. She also reminded the charter school audience of how important it is to be proactive in the political and policymaking arena.
Also keynoting the event was Greg Richmond, president of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). Richmond praised Ohio for its progress in addressing quality issues in the charter school sector, encouraging Ohio’s charter community to continue to demonstrate leadership through quality initiatives.
The 2012 Charter School Teacher of the Year award went to Lynnly Wood, KIPP Journey Academy; and, the 2012 School Leader of the Year award went to Chad Carr, Columbus Preparatory Academy. Congratulations Chad and Lynnly!
Each year over the past six years, the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools has done an analysis of Ohio’s community school value-added results, comparing their growth results to the growth results of district schools in geographic proximity in the so-called “Big-Eight” urban districts. Excepting e-schools, the “Big Eight” urbans are the territorial grounds in which community schools are allowed to operate in Ohio. This year’s analysis (2011-2012) is now available on our website.