Community School FAQ

Family Overview of Community Schools

FAQ about CTE in Community Schools

Licensure for Special Education Teachers and Intervention Specialists


Family Overview of Community Schools

    How are community schools held accountable?
    • Through the state’s accountability system, community schools receive Ohio School Report Cards with one of five performance rankings (ranging from Academic Emergency through Excellent). The No Child Left Behind act requires community schools to be assessed annually. Failure to make adequate yearly progress has the same consequences for community schools as for traditional public schools.
    • Additionally, the contracts that community schools have with their sponsors include academic performance requirements. Schools that fail to meet these contractual requirements, have deficiencies in their financial management or governance, or have physically unsafe conditions for children are subject to suspension and termination. Also, community schools are audited routinely, and audit reports are published on the Auditor of State’s website.
    • Beginning in 2008, community schools that fail to show academic progress, based upon Local Report Card ratings and value-added indicators, will close.

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    How do I enroll in a community school?
    • Each community school has its own procedures for enrollment. Parents should contact the specific community school regarding enrollment information.

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    How do I find out more information about community schools in my area?
    • Parents can contact Community School Sponsors or the respective community school in their area for more information.

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    What is a community school?
    • Community schools, often called charter schools in other states, are public nonprofit, nonsectarian schools that operate independently of any school district but under a contract with an authorized sponsoring entity that is established by statute or approved by the State Board of Education. Community schools are public schools of choice and are state and federally funded.

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    Who is eligible to attend a community school?
    • Any student eligible to attend public school in the state of Ohio is eligible to attend a community school.

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FAQ about CTE in Community Schools

    Are Comprehensives and Compacts required to admit community school students seeking to enroll, if the student enrolled in a community school is a resident of the Comprehensive or Compact’s district?

    A community school student may enroll in Comprehensive/Compact career-technical education programs under the following criteria

     

    • The program must be located in the student’s district of residence; and
    • Meet any established CTP program enrollment/eligibility criteria.

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    Can a community school student enroll in a career-technical program?
    For a community school (CS) with an approved career-technical (CT) program the answer is yes, if the student follows the enrollment policies and procedures of the community school.

    For a joint vocational school district (JVSD) the answer is yes, if:

    • The CS student’s district of residence is part of the JVSD’s territory; and
    • The community school and JVSD have a contract in place to permit community school student participation.

    For a district with a comprehensive CT program the answer is yes, if:

    • The CS student’s district of residence is the district providing a Comprehensive CT program; and
    • The CS student is dually enrolled in the CS and the Comprehensive’s CT Program.

    For districts that have formed a compact the answer is yes, if:

    • The CS student is a resident of the compact district offering the CT program;
    • The CS student participates in the resident district’s CT program; and
    • The CS student is dually enrolled in the CS and the compact district offering the CT program.

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    Do the requirements of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) override all other considerations?
    • No. The community school must provide the career-technical component required by the student’s IEP.

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    How is attendance reported?
    • For a community school with an approved career-technical program, the community school reports attendance.
    • For a community school with a student attending a career-technical program at a JVSD, City, Exempted Village or Local, there is dual attendance and both report.

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    How is enrollment reported?
    • For a community school with an approved career-technical program, the community school reports enrollment
    • For a community school with a student attending a career-technical program at a JVSD, City, Exempted Village or Local, there is dual enrollment and both report.

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    How is funding calculated?

    Pursuant to ORC 3314.08 (B)(2)(e)

    • For a community school with a student attending an approved CT Program at the community school, the community school is funded for the entire Full-Time Equivalence (FTE) and is provided CT weighted funding for the portion of time the student is in the CT program.
    • For a community school with a student attending a JVSD, both the community school and the JVSD are funded for the portion of time the student is in the respective schools. In addition, the community school receives the 20 percent administrative fee.
    • For a community school with a student attending a Comprehensive CT or Compact program in the student’s resident district, both the community school and the Comprehensive is funded for the portion of time the student is in the respective schools.
    • An eschool is not eligible to operate a CTE program or receive CT weighted funds. When an eschool student attends a Comprehensive CT or Compact program in the student’s resident district, both the community school and the Comprehensive are funded for the portion of time the student is in the respective schools.

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    How is Local Report Card (LRC) data reported?
    • Generally speaking, a school’s LRC performance data is based on all students enrolled in the school for the full academic year. There are exceptions to this rule. One exception to this rule is that the “participation rate,” an Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measure, is based on all students enrolled during the May mathematics test administration for grades 3-8 standard assessments and the March mathematics test administration for all other grades and tests. Another exception to this rule is the graduation rate, which is calculated based upon the reporting IRN.
    • Generally speaking, a conversion community school sponsored by a traditional public school district will have its LRC data rolled up into the sponsoring district’s LRC. There is an exception to this rule for conversion community schools that meet the criteria for a dropout recovery school. The data for dropout recovery conversion schools does not get rolled up to the sponsoring district. A new startup community school’s LRC data typically does not roll into a traditional public school district’s LRC. However, a provision in the law does allow a traditional public school district to elect to roll up a startup school’s data if that school is located in the district’s geographic territory and the school leases space from the district or the school and district have an agreement in which they endorse one another’s educational program.
    • A student may enroll in a community school and in a CTE program in a public school district (i.e., City, Local, Exempted Village, and JVSD) at the same time. Both the community school and the public school district report the data they are required to report in EMIS.Community school reports Local Report Card-related data (e.g., Ohio Graduation Tests results, diploma data).
    • The school district providing CTE instruction reports data exclusive to CTE (e.g., technical assessment data, placement data) a student is counted in their resident district (even if that student is taking CTE classes at another district)
    •  The student is included in the CTE performance of the school district providing the CTE instruction. Data reported in
    • EMIS by both entities is used to calculate CTE performance.
    • If a student enrolls in a CTE program in a community school, the community school reports all data in EMIS, including data exclusive to CTE. CTE performance results are not calculated for community schools.

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    Is either the JVSD or Community School required to enter into a contract with the other?
    • No. The community school cannot compel a JVSD to agree to take its students nor can the JVSD require a community school to contract with it for services.

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    Who is responsible for transportation?

    • For a community school with a student attending an approved CT Program at a JVSD, a Comprehensive or a Compact for part of the day, the community school is responsible for providing transportation. That transportation must be compliant with all Ohio pupil transportation laws and regulations.
    • For a community school with a student attending an approved CT Program at a JVSD, a Comprehensive or a Compact full time, the resident district is responsible for providing transportation. In this case, the student will not be transported to the community school campus.

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    Who reports career-technical performance data for Perkins compliance?
    • For students enrolled in both a community school and a public school district (i.e., City, Local, Exempted Village, JVSD) for CT, both the community school and the public school district report the data they are required to report.
    • Both entities report data that are used to calculate CTE performance.
    • The CS reports Local Report Card related data while the CT provider reports those elements exclusive to CT.

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Licensure for Special Education Teachers and Intervention Specialists

    What resources are available to help special education teachers and intervention specialists meet the new licensure requirements?
    • Federal Title I, II-A, IDEA and PCSP professional development funds can be used to help special education teachers and intervention specialists meet the new licensure requirements.

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    When are community school special education teachers and intervention specialists required to meet licensure standards consistent with traditional public schools special education teachers and intervention specialists?
    • Changes in the licensure requirements for special education teachers and intervention specialists will be phased in over four years to provide schools time to comply without disrupting current programs. See the proposed implementation timeline below for additional information.

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    How will this new requirement regarding special education teachers and intervention specialists be implemented?
    • The Office of Community Schools will develop a Comprehensive Community School Special Education Plan to help community school special education teachers and intervention specialists to meet licensure standards consistent with counterparts in traditional public schools.

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Last Modified: 10/9/2014 1:47:31 PM