As we move toward the end of May and past the deadline for the Quality Practices portion of the Sponsor Evaluation, we wanted to send a few updates and reminders.
The last day to submit comments and feedback on the 2018-2019 Sponsor Evaluation tools is Friday, May 18. Links to the documents are available in the box at the top of the Community Schools webpage. Please send your comments and feedback to Sponsor.Evaluation@education.ohio.gov.
The revised Suspension and Closing Assurance Template and related guidance are now posted on the Community Schools webpage. The template provides a comprehensive list of actions that schools and/or sponsors must take as part of the closure or suspension of a community school. This template also serves as the format for submitting quarterly updates, with sponsors updating and submitting the template each quarter until the closure process concludes.
Sponsors must use this template to document actions taken related to school suspension and closure occurring during Fiscal Year 2018. Submit a completed template indicating the dates when actions were taken and tasks completed no later than July 1, 2018. The remaining deadlines included in the template are effective July 1, 2018.
The deadline for Round 2 of the Charter Schools Program grant is Monday, May 21 at 4:59 pm. To assist with the submission of the application, we have updated the CSP webpage to include training videos and an updated FAQ document. If you have questions about eligibility or submission, please email me or Tiffany Cartier-White (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
It is critical that sponsors and their schools review and update all information included in OEDS to ensure the directory is up to date. The Office of Community Schools will complete a review of all community school directory information by June 15. Those schools with incomplete or inaccurate data will receive a notice of noncompliance.
As part of the review of OEDS, we are working to ensure we have an accurate list of all community school operators. State law (ORC 3314.02) defines a community school operator as:
(8) "Operator" means either of the following:
(a) An individual or organization that manages the daily operations of a community school pursuant to a contract between the operator and the school's governing authority;
(b) A nonprofit organization that provides programmatic oversight and support to a community school under a contract with the school's governing authority and that retains the right to terminate its affiliation with the school if the school fails to meet the organization's quality standards.
Based on the definition in statute, districts, educational service centers, educational management organizations and charter management organizations, both for- and nonprofit organizations, can be operators and must be listed as such in OEDS, if applicable. Under Ohio law (ORC 3314.46), school districts and public universities sponsoring community schools can sell goods and/or services to community schools they sponsor with certain limitations. Goods and/or services sold to community schools by their sponsors can only be provided on a “no-profit” basis. Sponsors identified as operators must provide copies of all agreements for the sale of goods and/or services to the Office of Community Schools, including specific goods and services provided, quantity and amount charged. Should you have any questions, please contact your consultant.
We appreciate your time and attention to these matters. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me or your assigned consultant for more information.
Karl J. Koenig, Director
Office of Community Schools