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The World of Ohio Charter Schools

Background

Charter schools, known in Ohio as community schools, are publicly funded primary and secondary schools. They are considered public schools, so tuition is free. However, they have more flexibility in how they operate than traditional public schools. In Ohio, a charter school is operated under a contract with a sponsoring entity.

Approximately 95,000 of Ohio’s 1.8 million students were enrolled in charter schools in the 2010-11 school year.

Charter schools have been a source of conflict among Ohio’s educators and policymakers. Some champion charter schools as alternatives to struggling urban districts around the state and as an option for parents seeking schools that best suit their children. Others say charter schools siphon funding from local public school districts and do not offer students a better education.

In the 2010-11 school year, Ohio had 326 operating charter schools. Some were part of larger networks of schools run by a single operator. That operator can be for-profit or non-profit. White Hat Management, for example, is a for-profit company that runs about 50 schools around the state. Others schools are operated by their local school districts or groups focused on a single charter school.

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Teachers Deliver Alarming Allegations Against Charter School

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Ohio’s dropout recovery charter schools may get their way after all since a committee of lawmakers re-inserted a provision of an education bill that would give them state funds to educate older students. The funds would become available as part of a Kasich administration initiative that will provide state education dollars to help adults age [...]

How Charter Schools Are Using Sophisticated Marketing To Lure Students

Ohio charter schools are appealing to students’ and parents’ emotions in their advertising in order to persuade students their school is a better choice than regular public school, according to a story published by the Beacon Journal. Ashley Morris and Brittany Landsberger of TheNewsOutlet.org, a student journalism project, write that charter schools are finding success [...]

Department of Education Moves To Quash Six New Charter Schools

The Ohio Department of Education has told three charter school sponsors that applications they’ve received for six new schools are flawed, and warned them against allowing them to open. It’s the first time the department has issued such warnings to charter school sponsors, according to spokesman John Charlton. In one case, Educational Resource Consultants of [...]

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Newspaper Series Examines How Charter Schools Operate

STOCKMONKEYS.COM / FLICKR A series of stories hit Ohio newspapers on Sunday that looks closer at the accountability and costs of charter schools in Ohio. It’s part of a multi-year project launched by the Akron Beacon Journal and the NewsOutlet, a group of students from Youngstown State, the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. The project began with [...]

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