Ohio Charter School Summit

AUG. 11-12

Hyatt Regency Columbus


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"This conference includes some of the most successful champions and leaders in the charter school community. It's training you won't want to miss."

Paolo DeMaria
Ohio Department of Education

"By pulling together all the important players in Ohio's charter school community, this conference gives an unprecedented opportunity to learn about what's really working in Ohio's charter sector."

Chad Aldis
Thomas B. Fordham Institute


Auditor of State Dave Yost will host Ohio's first statewide Charter School Summit this summer to provide school educators and administrators with financial, professional and academic training.

The two-day summit, held in cooperation with leaders of the charter school community, will take place Aug. 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and will feature nationally known experts on school choice and leading authorities on Ohio education, including:

Geoffrey Canada, president
of the Harlem Children's Zone

Dr. Steve Perry, founder of the
Capital Preparatory Magnet School

Mike Feinberg, co-founder
of the KIPP Foundation

Paolo DeMaria, Ohio superintendent of public instruction

"Charters are an extremely important option for many Ohio parents and their children," Auditor Yost said. "This summit will offer an opportunity for charter school administrators and educators to receive financial oversight training, share best practices, hear from national experts, and discuss the unique challenges facing their schools."

The genesis of the summit is the charter school fiscal officer training provided annually by Auditor of State staff. The summit will also provide training on compliance with Ohio's recently reformed charter school laws; best practices on record keeping and enrollment; teacher development and retention; cultivating public-private partnerships; board governance; and hearing stories of success.

Conference participants include representatives of the Ohio General Assembly, Auditor of State's office, Ohio Departments of Education and Higher Education, and superintendents from four of Ohio's largest school districts.

"Nobody ever learned how to hit a homerun by watching film of strikeouts," Yost said. "The summit will focus on what is working in the school choice movement – and there is much that is excellent."

Schedule Highlights

  • Roundtable with Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo superintendents
  • Ohio Dept. of Education (ODE) experts on Blended Learning, Facilities & Accountability
  • Updates on EMIS from David Ehle, ODE director of data quality & governance
  • More than 20 workshops scheduled with distinguished panelists and presenters