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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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Why Ohio’s Early Charter School Era Was Kind Of Like Medieval Times

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Ohio’s first charter school opened 15 years ago. And in those early days of the charter school movement, things were rather “feudal,” says Bill Sims, head of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Initial stakeholders had their own lobbyists. They had their own ramparts but without much of a developed community roundtable. And i [...]

Two Stories About Big-City Mayors Trying to Set Rules for Charter Schools

atalou / Flickr Over the past year, state legislators changed state law to allow charter schools in Ohio’s two biggest cities–Columbus and Cleveland–to receive local tax dollars. That’s a big change: Before that point, Ohio charter schools did not directly receive local tax dollars. 

Charters Schools Struggle to Find Space to Operate

Christopher Webb / Flickr In starting a new charter school, finding space to house the school is often one of school founders’ biggest challenges. But this year, for the first time, Ohio lawmakers set aside money for charter schools to use on facilities. Charter school advocates say the new money will help charter schools, but [...]

Ohio Edu-Budget 2013: Charter Schools Will Get More Money Next Year

Alyssa Ki / The Jersey Journal/Landov Ohio’s new state budget, signed by Governor John Kasich June 30, makes a number of changes that affect K-12 education. In a series of posts, we’ll be analyzing those changes and what they mean. Today, we look at money for charter schools. When state lawmakers put another $1.5 billion [...]

Indictments Filed for Corruption and Theft at Cleveland Charter School – Updated

A state audit last week found a total of $1,850,489 to be recovered from former employees and school board members of the Cleveland Academy of Scholarship, Technology and Leadership Enterprise, a charter high school in Cleveland. Today Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that ten people and thirteen companies are being indicted as a result [...]

Online Charter Schools Could Split in Two, Avoiding State Cap on New Schools

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Dan Honda / Contra Costa Times/Landov This fall Ohio will lift a moratorium on the creation of new online schools, allowing up to five new online schools to open. But a provision inserted into the House version of the state budget earlier this month could expand online education in Ohio even further. Under the provision, Ohio’s existing online schools could [...]

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