Ohio Central School System
Denise L. Justice, Superintendent
The Ohio Central School System (OCSS), is a school district operating within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC). The purpose of the school system, as described in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 5145.06 is to “provide educational programs for prisoners to allow them to complete adult education courses, earn Ohio certificates of high school equivalence, or pursue vocational training.” OCSS has developed a vision, mission, and philosophy that coincide with this legislation and charter.
It is the vision of the Ohio Central School System that all inmates of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will be provided the necessary academic, job training and social/emotional skills required for successful reentry into society as effective, participating, and productive citizens.
The Ohio Department of Education under ORC 3313.61 formally chartered the Ohio Central School System in April 1973. This charter provides ODRC with quality programming and OCSS the authority to seek additional federal funding. The Chartered School District enables the department to provide a comprehensive, thorough education program that addresses the needs of the vastly under-educated and under-skilled inmates. These services include: Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE), High School Equivalency (GED), High School Options, Apprenticeship Training, Library Services, Release Preparation, Special Education, Career-Technical Education (CTE), Transitional Education Program (TEP), Youth Transition Program (YTP), and other educational programs as directed by the needs of the inmate population.
The Ohio Central School System subscribes to the principles of American democracy, including a genuine belief in the paramount importance of the dignity and worth of all individuals. The basic purpose of American education is to perpetuate and improve this democratic society in which it exists. In keeping with the above precepts, correctional education maintains the mission of providing the fullest possible development of each participant’s talents and potentialities, in order that they might participate more effectively in the cultural, political, social and economic life of this society.
The Ohio Central School System acknowledges that each student is different in terms of his/her education needs and desires and should be dealt with on the basis of these individual differences. Programs, therefore, will be designed to serve this multiplicity of differences. It is believed that participation in meaningful educational programs will elicit both behavioral and attitudinal change. While such participation is, in part, voluntary, individuals are counseled and encouraged to participate in those education endeavors that will most effectively aid them in strengthening self-image, creating positive attitude and developing or increasing the quantity and quality of coping skills needed to successfully re-enter today’s highly complex and technical society.
Assessment of the quality and relevance of educational content and practice shall be continuous. Every effort must be concerted to discover the most successful instructional methods for each student’s individual educational needs.
The Ohio Central School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, or age in its educational programs or activities.
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