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March 4, 2014 Articles


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From the Superintendent

Last week I was fortunate to attend Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech in Medina.  I felt privileged that education played a fundamental role in his remarks. I’m truly inspired that our state’s highest office-holder shares my concernsand I’m sure yoursfor Ohio’s drop-outs and our struggling girls and boys who are still in school. Without major help, these Ohioans will miss out on so many opportunities for good jobs, careers and other positive things in life.

I want to give you a quick rundown of some of the education initiatives Gov. Kasich proposed.

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Deadlines and Dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection

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For school superintendents, principals and treasurers

  • Straight A Fund legislative changes for fiscal year 2015
  • Straight A Fund update meetings scheduled
  • New Web page organizes information about field tests for Next Generation Assessments
  • Medical questions related to upcoming statewide assessments addressed
  • USDA and USDE letter discusses Community Eligibility Provision
  • School Improvement Grant application guidance available; webinar planned
  • Changes to state law in calculating the school calendar year
  • Registration is open for 2014 roster verification application trainings
  • Ohio School Facilities Commission School Security Grant Program Update
  • March 15 is application deadline for new Health Informatics programs
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching nominations now open

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For curriculum directors, school counselors and teachers

  • Session listing for Spring Symposium is now available
  • Camp OFLA offers language camp for grades four through eight this summer
  • Students named top Ohio youth volunteers of 2014

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