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Ohio’s Educational Service Centers are Making a Difference... 

Ohio’s Educational Service Centers (ESCs) are dedicated to providing school districts with professional development, technology, support, planning, and administrative services that help improve student learning, enhance the quality of instruction, expand equitable access to resources and maximize operating and fiscal efficiencies.

100 Years of Service:  Ohio's Educational Service Centers

What is an Educational Service Center?

  • Educational Service Centers (ESCs) are local political subdivisions.
  • ESCs are school districts under state law – 3311.055 Ohio Revised Code.
  • ESCs are local education agencies or LEAs under federal law – 20 USCS §7801(17) (ESEA, IDEA, HEA, Perkins).
  • ESCs are governed by publicly-elected boards of education.

What is an ESCs relationship to Ohio school districts?

  • ESCs are large-scale service providers offering administrative, academic, fi scal and operational support services to Ohio’s school districts, chartered nonpublic schools, community schools, and STEM schools.
  • Every district with enrollment of 16,000 students (ADM) or fewer is required to be aligned to an ESC.
  • Districts are able to realign to a different ESC (anywhere in the state) every 2 years, consistent with the state budget process, if they are not satisfi ed with the services they are receiving.
  • Districts with enrollment over 16,000 students may align to an ESC.
  • Districts may purchase services from any ESC at any time – even ESCs to which they are not aligned.
  • ESCs are consortia by defi nition and don’t exist if not for their client school districts. Under section 3311.0510. (A) of the Ohio Revised Code, if all of the client school districts of an ESC terminate their agreements the governing board is abolished and the ESC is dissolved by order of the superintendent of public instruction.

Click here to learn more about Ohio's ESCs and their role in Ohio's state system of support:  2013-2014 Member Survey Results