ERIC Number: ED464398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Community Schools in Ohio: Second-Year Implementation Report. Volume I: Policy Issues.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
This report examines 46 community (charter) schools that operated during the 1999-2000 school year. Community schools tend to be smaller than their public counterparts, enroll a higher proportion of minority and poor students, and serve relatively fewer special-needs students. On average, community-school teachers have fewer years of experience and significantly lower salaries than teachers in corresponding city school districts. Most of these schools align their curriculum with Ohio's Model Curriculum. Over one-third of community schools develop individualized education plans for their students. A large barrier to the community-school initiative involves acquiring suitable and affordable facilities; this will remain a problem unless some form of state assistance is provided. Recommendations include having community schools improve the content of their annual reports by providing financial information and by being clear about how, and to what extent, they are achieving all of the academic goals stated in their contracts; and assessing parent satisfaction and developing strategies to gather and analyze feedback from parents, when they have contractually promised to do so. Appendices include a list of community schools operating during 2000-01, bibliography, data-collection and data-analysis methodology, and reasons cited for contract termination of Riser Military Academy and Monroe Academy. (Contains 111 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Government Publications, School Effectiveness
Legislative Office of Education Oversight, 77 South High St., 22nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43266-0927. Tel: 614-752-9686; Fax: 614-752-3058. For full text: http://www.loeo.state.oh.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio