April 24, 2009 ann

KidsOhio Slides from RAND Charter School Briefing Now Available

On April 23, KidsOhio.org hosted a briefing and forum on the new RAND research report on charter schools: Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition. Over 90 leaders from across the state attended the event, including members of teachers unions, charter school advocacy groups, the Ohio General Assembly and the State Board of Education.

To provide context for the RAND report, KidsOhio.org gave a presentation of key facts related to charter schools in Ohio. Among them:

  • Over 88,000 Ohio students (5% of public school students) attend one of 321 Ohio charter schools
  • 66% of Ohio charter school students are economically disadvantaged, compared to 74% of students in Ohio’s Urban 8 school districts and 36% of students in traditional school districts statewide
  • Nearly 30% of Ohio charter school students attend an internet-based “e-school”

To view or download a copy of the slides from the presentation, click here. Please return to our Web site for additional materials from the event in the future.