School Choice Score: 83%
Cleveland also has its own voucher program for low-income students capped at $23.4 million. The latest addition to Ohio’s choice portfolio includes the income-based EdChoice Scholarship. In all 29,000 students are being served by the state’s school choice programs. Ohio permits parent choice among public schools, allowing students to attend any public school in the state if there is room.
Charter Schools Score: 78%
Well-intentioned legislation already introduced outlines what would be a comprehensive overhaul of most aspects of the state’s charter law but falls short of addressing what has really plagued the Buckeye State’s charter sector. Allowing all types of charter schools, brick-and-mortar and online, to open across the state without geographic restrictions, and improving charter funding, would go a long way in improving Ohio’s ranking.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Ohio offers a host of full-time online options for students, but they are limited in scope. Blended options do not exist and Ohio students would have better access to diverse options with policy updates for online course providers, such as allowing students to enroll with multiple providers simultaneously. At the state level, an Ohio Department of Education cross-office committee was created during the 2012 to 2013 school year to explore ways the Department can support the implementation of blended learning in local schools. Funding for online learning is holding back digital learning in the state.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Teachers receive tenure after five years and it does not have to be tied to performance. Consistent ineffective classroom performance is grounds for dismissal and seniority cannot be a factor in layoffs or teacher reinstatement. In Ohio, teacher compensation is controlled by a state salary schedule based on years of experience and advanced degrees. Cleveland and other cities that have won federal grants are allowed to implement performance-pay systems.