The OAPCS will be out of business at the end of this year. This organization has been an influential advocacy agent for Ohio’s publicly-funded, privately-operated charter industry. Some of the reasons for its demise are identified in a December 14 Columbus Dispatch article.
The dismal reputation of Ohio’s charter industry may be the reason funders have withdrawn their support of OAPCS. It is ironic the federal government has awarded a $71 million grant to expand the failed charter industry in Ohio.
The newly anticipated federal emphasis on expanding the failed charter industry will no doubt generate another charter advocacy organization. The president-elect announced a $20 billion charter expansion program during a campaign stop in Cleveland.
Public school officials and patrons beware!
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding