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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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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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