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Save the Date for the Charter School Law Summit

July 21, 2015

Join keynote speaker Mark Weaver, experienced school law attorney, as he discusses crisis management at the OAPCS Charter School Law Summit in September. Other topics featured during this interactive workshop include legislative updates, collective bargaining, HR law and transportation.
 

Friday, September 25, 2015
The Conference Center at OCLC
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, Ohio 43017

 

Charter school attorneys, authorizers, school board members, educational service providers, business officers, school leaders, teachers and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Registration opens August 12, 2015.

CLE hours are pending via the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

The registration fee is $175 for OAPCS members and $275 for non-members. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by workshops from 10-3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

For questions or additional information, please call Ranay Nunamaker at 614-744-2266 ext. 205 or e-mail at admin@oapcs.org.

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General Session Keynote Speakers Announced

July 1, 2015

We are excited to announced a roster of national charter school leaders and pioneers who will bring their insights to two keynote conference sessions.

Highlighting a "Fireside Chat" panel Thursday will be Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA); Kenneth Campbell, a founding board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO); and Nina Rees, president and CEO of  the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Darlene Chambers, president and CEO of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS).  

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Straight A Data Matters Consortium Summit Event Energizes Teachers and School Leaders

June 30, 2015
More than 100 teachers and school leaders participating in the Straight A grant and Data Matters Consortium met for a two-day workshop June 11 and 12 to compare notes, exchange ideas and share best practices. The Summit Event, held at Quest Business Center in Columbus, was designed for staff from 17 schools to jointly participate in professional development and training.

The Summit Event is a key component of the Straight A grant awarded in 2014 to expand the Data Matters Consortium. The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools and its Center for Charter School Quality (CCSQ) team oversees the implementation of the grant in the partner schools. The Arts and College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) is the lead grant recipient in the consortium. Currently, there are 17 schools, 237 teachers, 50 administrators and 4,351 students involved in using the consortium's data and assessment system.

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View from the Classroom: Illuminate is a Game-changer

April 27, 2015
For Columbus teachers Tina Bennett of Zenith Academy East and Lindsay Maltz of Renaissance Academy, becoming team leaders in implementing the Straight A Data Matters program in their schools has been a game-changer. They have seen, first hand, how teachers and students have benefited from the immediate feedback and customization of lessons that data-driven tools provide.

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 10 of 10

April 21, 2015
 Numerous myths and misperceptions exist about charter school accountability and performance. Twice weekly, we will correct these misunderstandings using "just the facts.

 

 

MYTH: Public charter schools are for-profit entities.

FACT: All public charter schools are not-for-profit entities that operate under the authority of not-for-profit boards. In some cases, charter school boards hire for-profit entities to run their schools, but nearly all public schools including traditional districts purchase products or services from for-profit entities.

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 9 of 10

April 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 an unproven experiment.

FACT: Eighteen years after charter schools first opened in Ohio, the parents of nearly 125,000 Ohio students currently choose public charter schools as the best education option for their children. Studies show that charters serving low-income populations are likely to perform higher than traditional public schools with similar student demographics.

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Join OAPCS’ Dr. Darlene Chambers for two informative workshops in April and May 2015

April 2, 2015
Consider registering for two important and insightful workshops where Dr. Chambers will be making guest speaker appearances in the upcoming weeks. On April 23rd, Dr. Chambers will join experts from various charter stakeholder organizations and the Auditor of State's Office at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West's 5th Annual Finance Workshop. First, she will join Amy Borman of Dickinson-Wright law firm to address current proposed federal charter financial legislation and Ohio legislative updates.  Additionally, she will speak on a panel with Jason Moore of the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation and Toby Pinkerton of the Performance Academies in a session called "Show Me the Money", which will focus on current state and federal financial audits, financial reporting best practices, and future proposed reviews.

Dr. Chambers will also be featured as the opening keynote speaker at Day Ketterer's 3rd Annual Community School Law Update on May 8th. She will be presenting "Until Death Do Us Part: Why Are They Called Charter Schools Anyway?" and will explain how, like a good marriage, a quality charter school is built and stands solid on a clear contracted partnership between the sponsor and the governing board.

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 8 of 10

April 2, 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 don’t serve students with special needs.

FACT: Like all public schools, charter schools have the responsibility to serve all students, including those with special needs. In fact, charter schools are uniquely positioned to provide innovative, high-quality educational opportunities to students with special needs.

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OAPCS Busts Charter School Myths - Myth 7 of 10

March 30, 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 drain money from traditional public schools.

Fact: Charter schools generally operate with just two-thirds of the per pupil funding provided for traditional public school students, and those funds must be stretched to cover the significant costs of facilities and transportation. With very limited exceptions, Ohio charter schools receive no share of local or levy funding.

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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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