Quality Community School Support Fund

Quality Community School Support Fund

House Bill 166 (FY20-FY21 state budget bill) established a quality community schools support grant to provide additional funding to each community school designated as a Community School of Quality. Qualified community schools under the program are eligible to receive up to $1,750 in each fiscal year for each pupil identified as economically disadvantaged and up to $1,000 in each fiscal year for all others. Payments for the current fiscal year are calculated using the final adjusted full-time equivalent number of students enrolled in the community school for the prior fiscal year, except for a school in its first year of operation. For a school in the first year of operation, the payment is calculated using the adjusted full-time equivalent number of students enrolled in the school for the current fiscal year as of the date the payment is made, as reported by the school pursuant to section 3314.08 of the Ohio Revised Code. By Jan. 31 of each fiscal year, the Ohio Department of Education will make payments to each community school designated as a Community School of Quality.

Community schools must satisfy at least one of the following criteria to receive funding. 

Criteria 1:

The community school meets all of the following criteria:

  1. The school’s sponsor was rated “Exemplary” or “Effective” on the sponsor’s most recent evaluation conducted under section 3314.06 of the Revised Code.
  2. The school received a higher Performance Index score than the school district in which the school is located on the two most recent Ohio School Report Cards issued for the school under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code.
  3. The school received an overall grade of "A" or "B" for the Value-Added progress dimension on the most recent report card issued for the school under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code or is a school described under division (A)(4) of section 3314.35 of the Revised Code and did not receive a grade for the Value-Added progress dimension on the most recent report card.
  4. At least 50 percent of the students enrolled in the school are economically disadvantaged, as determined by the Ohio Department of Education.

Criteria 2:

The community school meets all of the following criteria:

  1. The school's sponsor was rated "Exemplary" or "Effective" on the sponsor's most recent evaluation conducted under section 3314.016 of the Revised Code. 
  2. The school is in its first year of operation or the school opened as a kindergarten school and has added one grade per year and has been in operation for fewer than four school years.
  3. The school is replicating an operational and instructional model used by a community school described in division (B)(1) of this section.

Criteria 3:

The community school meets all of the following criteria:

  1. The school's sponsor was rated "Exemplary" or "Effective" on the sponsor's most recent evaluation conducted under section 3314.016 of the Revised Code. 
  2. The school contracts with an operator that operates schools in other states and meets at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Has operated a school that received a grant funded through the federal Charter Schools Program established under 20 U.S.C. 7221 or received funding from the Charter School Growth Fund; or
    2. Meets all of the following criteria:
      1. One of the operator’s schools in another state performed better than the school district in which the school is located, as determined by the Department. 
      2. At least 50 percent of the total number of students enrolled in all of the operator’s schools are economically disadvantaged, as determined by the Department.
      3. The operator is in good standing in all states where it operates schools.
      4. The Department has determined the operator does not have any financial viability issues that would prevent it from effectively operating a community school in Ohio.

Resources for Criteria 3

For the Department to make a designation of a quality community school under Criteria 3, the Department has developed the Quality Community School Support Request for Information for Criteria 3 from the operator of a community school. The information below outlines the necessary information for the Department to make the determination and the process for submission. 

A school that is designated as a Community School of Quality under division (B) (the three criteria above) shall maintain that designation for the two fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the school was initially designated as a Community School of Quality.

 

Last Modified: 11/13/2019 2:49:04 PM