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Community schools are state-funded public schools, exempt from various rules and regulations in exchange for increased accountability or student performance. This Legislative Office of Education Oversight (LOEO) report examines Ohio's first 15 community schools that began during the 1998-99 school year. All 15 schools were successful about opening, completing a full school year, and continuing into a second year; however, many had delays in their funding. LOEO anticipates that community schools will require substantial and continuing technical assistance, and the Ohio Department of Education will need to meet the unique needs of community schools as it provides technical assistance. Community schools are contractually held accountable for the academic performance of their students with their sponsors; however, information regarding accountability in their annual reports was lacking. LOEO recommends that community schools become familiar with and adhere to the community school law and contractual agreements regarding accountability. It also recommends that community-school sponsors become familiar with community-school law and hold community schools responsible for accountability measures. Appendixes contain material concerning community-school contracts, profiles of the schools, exempt and nonexempt laws, and statistical information. (Contains 100 references.) (DFR)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Elementary Education, Financial Support, Outcome Based Education, Performance Contracts, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Law, State Regulation

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Author: Bean, Brad, Ed.


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