Resolution of Virtual Charter School Civil Rights Investigation Announced By U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Virtual Community School of Ohio to “ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for students with disabilities at the school,” according to a November 6, 2013 announcement.

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National Charter School Study 2013

This June 2013 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University provides analyses of charter school performance in 25 states and the District of Columbia and New York City, and provides comparisons with traditional public school performance.

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When Charter Schools and Non-Chartered Schools Work Together: A Grant to Encourage Collaboration

This April 2013 article provides highlights and lessons from discussions and presentations at a meeting of recipients of the U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program 2012 Charter School Exemplary Collaboration Award. The report includes information from collaborations in Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; East Providence, Rhode Island; and Columbus, Ohio.

Coastal Program - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This program supports projects "developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) field biologists. The Coastal Program Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available to coastal areas within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin which includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York."

Estimated total program funding is $450,000.

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September 30, 2013
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Searching for Excellence: A Five-City, Cross-State Comparison of Charter School Quality

This March 2013 report from the Public Impact and Thomas B. Fordham Institute offers analysis of the quality of charter schools in five cities: Albany, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; and Indianapolis, Indiana. The report, using data for the 2010-2011 school year, covers comparisons with traditional public schools, the record of performance among charter schools, and issues driving charter school closure and expansion.

Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools 7th Annual State Conference

The 7th Annual Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference will take place November 14 and 15, 2013 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, 7000 Kalahari Drive Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Registration for the conference opens May 1, 2013. Visit the OAPCS website for updated information.

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Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

This 2013 report from the PEW Charitable Trusts focuses on the use of closed public school district buildings in 12 cities. The report notes that charter schools have occupied 42 percent of the surplus buildings in the cities since 2005 and that more than 300 unused sites remain.

Migratory Bird Conservation in the Upper Midwest

Fish and Wildlife Service

This grant program seeks "proposals for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Upper Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program" and focuses on the "conservation of birds that are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act but not Federally listed as Endangered or Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Proposals should address projects in the geographic area that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin." Native American tribal organizations also are eligible for the grant.

Due Date: 
February 15, 2012
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Ceiling, $75,000; Floor, $5,000
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Moving Up, Fordham Sponsorship Accountability Report, 2011-12

This 2011-12 Fordham Sponsorship Accountability Report reviews the performance of the charter schools authorized by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.  The report provides profiles of each of the eight schools and tables showing performance on a range of indicators, including adequate yearly progress, school management, and governance. The report describes the organization’s approach to accountability and its standards for school effectiveness. Also included is a detailed examination of Edison Schools, Inc.’s, experience operating a Dayton, Ohio, charter school.

Charter School Exemplary Collaboration Grants Awarded for Projects Totaling $1.2 Million

Seven grants totaling more than $1.2 million have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program to support collaboration amoung public charter schools, traditional public schools, and school districts.

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