Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A bi-weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
around Oregon and the Nation.
We are excited to announce that, starting this fall, we will be launching brand new programming: events hosted by ORC3S and crafted specifically for Oregon's charter community! The first of which is just a month away...

Workshop: Determining the Data Your School Needs to Meet Its Goals
September 23rd | 10:00-11:00AM PT
During this session, we will work collaboratively to identify appropriate data school leaders should utilize to inform their improvement strategies. Click here or the button below to RSVP today!
English Learners in Charter Schools: A Learning Experience Focused on English Learner Instruction

English Learners (ELs) were tremendously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and require special consideration as schools prepare for a new year. From the fallout of the digital divide to overcoming trauma, our EL students need a system of processes and caring supports to help them thrive.

NCSRC shared a new learning module aimed at assisting schools in better serving their EL students in a new school year and beyond. English Learners and Charter Schools: A Learning Experience Focused on English Learner Instruction Part 2 is now available on our website. This learning experience follows English Learners in Charter Schools: A Learning Experience Focused on English Learner Instruction - Part 1, which NCSRC published in 2020. 

This new resource offers expert advice and ground-level guidance to help ELs flourish academically through rigorous in-person instruction, supportive learning environments, and ongoing family engagement. 

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Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program for Students Experiencing Homelessness

SchoolHouse Connection invites college-bound students who have experienced homelessness to apply for the Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program. Winners will receive a scholarship for post-secondary education as well as all-expenses-paid leadership opportunities in Washington, D.C. The program also includes ongoing support for navigating financial aid processes, mental health referrals, legal advocacy, and general assistance in establishing support and services during post-secondary education. Applications are due October 15.

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Programs, Policy, and Research
New Report Sheds Light into Special Education in Charter Schools
A new report from the University of Arkansas and the Center for Learner Equity looks at special education funding in charter schools in 18 cities with recommendations for policymakers to better equalize funding between public charter and district schools.
The findings show disparities in spending on students with disabilities account for 39%, or $2,550, of the average per-pupil charter school funding gap. While this study shows, on average, that charter schools in the 18 cities studied enrolled a smaller proportion of students with disabilities (10%) compared to district schools (13%), that differential only partially explains the funding gap.

FY 2022 Budget Resolution
The U.S. Senate Democratic Leadership and Senate Budget Committee Democrats released the text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Resolution. The budget reconciliation process addresses mandatory spending and is not related to annual appropriations for programs like the Charter Schools Program (CSP). The primary issues that intersect with the charter school community are related to school construction and universal pre-K. See this memo from the Penn Hill Group for a primer on the budget reconciliation process.

Pandemic Learning Reveals Value of High-Quality Instruction Materials
The Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University released new research on pandemic learning. The researchers found digitally accessible high-quality instructional materials designed to bring families and educators together increased student learning and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research reveals possibilities for sustained partnership between schools and families moving forward for both remote and in-person instruction.
Upcoming Events
School Opportunities and Resources
National Charter School Resource Center Funding Opportunity Database
The database includes one-time and ongoing grants, fellowships, prizes, and scholarships. Sponsors include the U.S. Federal Government and philanthropic organizations. The page is updated frequently as charter school funding opportunities are announced. Click here or the button below to view the database and search for funding opportunities.

Grant Opportunity: Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program Early-Phase Grants
Applications are now open for Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Early-phase Grants that support the development, implementation, and initial evaluation of promising innovative practices. See the EIR program website for additional information. Interested parties should submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by August 17 and applications are due August 27.

Supporting Long COVID under Section 504 and IDEA
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released a new resource: Long COVID under Section 504 and the IDEA: A Resource to Support Children, Students, Educations, Schools, Service Providers, and Families. This resource provides guidance for schools in supporting students and community members experiencing long-term impacts of a COVID-19 infection, which may be considered a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act

ESSER Strategy Planner & Spending Calculator
Teams from districts and public charter-school networks can use this open-source DIY decision-support tool to:
-Reflect, select, and prioritize what to invest ESSER funds in — and advance equity by ensuring potential investments are aligned with students’ needs.
-Estimate the full cost of potential investments by going beyond face value to explore related implementation costs.
-Compare the sustainability implications of various potential investments.
Click here to learn more and try the calculator.

Return to School Roadmap
The Return to School Roadmap is a new resource from the U.S. Department of Education to support students, schools, educators, and communities as they prepare to return to safe in-person learning this fall. The Roadmap includes key resources for returning to the classroom, outlines how to leverage federal funding to support a safe return, and more.

Charter Schools in the News

Here are a few local headlines from the past few weeks:

Oregon school enrollment dipped during pandemic,

Portland parents, teachers want ramped up testing and distance learning options for the fall, OPB

What are Douglas County schools saying about Gov. Brown's mask mandate?, KPIC

Portland schools to require all employees to be vaccinated, News Times

Here are a few national headlines from the past few weeks:

The House Democrats’ attack on charter schools, The Education Gadfly Show

What’s Next for School Choice? Experts & Advocates Look Ahead to the Next Chapter in Fight for Education Equity, The Seventy Four

Choice Vs. Suburban Opportunity Hoarding (Op-Ed), redifinED

Pandemic Spurs Huge Homeschooling Boom — But Will it Last?, The Seventy Four

Education Choice Reaps Financial Benefits In Indiana, redifinED

The Corrupt Charter Myth, City Journal
Is your school a member of ORC3S yet? 
We are a coalition of community-based, public charter schools representing all corners of our state. Although, we are all unique in our pedagogy and practice, what unites us is our commitment to educational innovation and to high-quality schools for all students. Our mission is to provide a voice and sustainable support and guidance for the members of our coalition.
Join us now!
Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools
13809 SE Division St Ste A
Portland, OR 97236

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