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Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2018
The 2017-18 school year saw our sponsorship portfolio grow from 4,100 students in 2016-17 to 4,800 students across five Ohio cities: Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Portsmouth. We're also honored to have been recognized by the National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) as part of NACSA's Quality Practice Project.…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Donors, Private Financial Support, Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2017
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's sponsorship annual report highlights our work with eleven schools that served 4,150 students in five Ohio cities during the 2016-17 school year. We value this opportunity to keep stakeholders and the public informed about our efforts, and provide information on each of the schools that we sponsor. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Donors, Private Financial Support, Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2016
The 2015-16 school year was one of transition in Ohio. New state assessments (again), new charter sponsor evaluations, and even a new state superintendent. Change is hard, but it is important to remember that the developments of the last twelve months have their roots in policy decisions designed to improve Ohio's academic standards overall and…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Donors, Private Financial Support, Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2015
The 2015 Fordham Sponsorship Annual Report is our opportunity to share the Fordham Foundation's work as the sponsor of eleven schools serving approximately 3,200 students in five cities, and our related policy work in Ohio and nationally. Charter school policy took a giant leap forward in Ohio in 2015 with the passage of HB 2. The road to a…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Donors, Private Financial Support, Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2014
The 2014 Fordham Sponsorship Annual Report is our opportunity to share the Fordham Foundation's work as the sponsor of eleven schools serving 3,200 students, and our related policy work in Ohio and nationally. We are fortunate as an organization that our policy work benefits our sponsorship efforts; and, that our lessons from sponsorship inform…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Philanthropic Foundations, Donors, Private Financial Support
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2012
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the nation's leader in advancing educational excellence for every child through quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as on-the-ground action and advocacy in Ohio. The institute advances: (1) High standards for schools, students and educators; (2) Quality education options for families; (3) A more…
Descriptors: Profiles, Educational Quality, Educational Change, Entrepreneurship
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2011
The 2010 elections were good for Republicans in Ohio, who have traditionally supported the expansion of charter schools (and choice broadly). The authors were hopeful as lawmakers and the governor set about removing caps on charter schools, lifting the e-school moratorium, and suggesting other legislative changes that would improve charter quality…
Descriptors: Accountability, Position Papers, Charter Schools, Educational Improvement
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2010
For the past two decades, lawmakers from both parties in Ohio have invested heavily in the public education sector. As a consequence, total K-12 education funding, measured in constant dollars, has grown by over 60 percent since 1997, even as Ohio's K-12 student enrollment has shrunk by more than 24,000 students (1.4 percent) during that same…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Economic Impact
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2010
As the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation chronicled in its last year's Fordham Sponsorship Accountability Report, "Seeking Quality in the Face of Adversity", the 2008-09 school year was a brutal one during which schools, and their peers, faced many existential threats. The 2009-10 school year was Fordham's fifth year as a charter school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Leadership, Academic Achievement
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2009
As a charter school sponsor (authorizer), the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation submits an accountability report to the Ohio Department of Education at the end of November each year. The report includes profiles of each Fordham-sponsored school, as well as graphics comparing the achievement data of its schools, their home districts, and statewide…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Philanthropic Foundations, School Support, Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2007
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation believes that all children deserve a high-quality K-12 education at the school of their choice. Nationally and in its home state of Ohio, the Foundation strives to close America's vexing achievement gaps by raising standards, strengthening accountability, and expanding education options for students and families.…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Philosophy, Profiles, Program Descriptions
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2006
This report offers a comprehensive account of Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's sponsorship policies and practices, including a history of its sponsorship efforts, as well as individual profiles of all Fordham-sponsored schools in Ohio. Included in the profiles are in-depth descriptions of each school's educational program, school philosophy, and…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Academic Achievement, Profiles, Financial Support
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2006
This report is the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's first ever comprehensive analysis of education reform and results in the 50 states. For each of them, this report examines: (1) student achievement, with a focus on poor and minority students; (2) achievement trends since the early 1990s for these same students; and (3) reform efforts centering on…
Descriptors: School Choice, Achievement Gains, Economically Disadvantaged, Academic Achievement
Adamowki, Steven; Therriault, Susan Bowles; Cavanna, Anthony P. – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2007
Public school principals encounter a sizable gap between the autonomy they believe they need to be effective and the autonomy that they actually have in practice, especially when it comes to hiring, firing, and transferring teachers. That is a key finding of this report from the Fordham Institute and the American Institutes for Research, which is…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Professional Autonomy, School District Autonomy
Yecke, Cheri Pierson – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2005
The author defines "middle schoolism" as "an approach to educating children in the middle grades (usually grades 5-8), popularized in the latter half of the 20th century, that contributed to a precipitous decline in academic achievement among American early adolescents." She argues that many middle schools are on the right…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement
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