In all this talk over the Cleveland Transformation Alliance overseeing future Charter School development within the footprint of the Cleveland Muncipal School District (CMSD), one obvious question is: What about electronic schools?
Note: For a background on Ohio's eSchool experience, please look at the Innovation Ohio report here.
After all, in Cleveland, the top two Charter Schools in
terms of enrollment from Cleveland are the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) and
Ohio Virtual Academy (the K-12, Inc. operation with the infamous 51:1 student-teacher ratio), both of which have graduation rates (40.7% and 58.8%)
that make Cleveland's 62.8% rate look downright fantastic. Yet the Alliance wouldn't
have a say over them because they're not located in the CMSD footprint.
Again, almost 1,500 children (about 3% of Cleveland's public-charter student population) attend these two eSchools. More Cleveland
kids go to ECOT than attend Citizens Academy, Intergenerational School and
Entrepreneurial Prep -- the original three, high-performing Breakthrough Schools -- combined. In
fact, 17% more Cleveland students attend ECOT with its 40.7 graduation rate
(on-time graduation rate of 29.6%) than they do those three top-tier schools.
Yet the Alliance won't touch them.
Perhaps they should.