From the Superintendent



I am pleased to announce that Ohio’s new $250 million Straight A Fund is open for business!

Ohio educators and administrators—and  their public and private partners—can download the Straight A Fund grant application and supporting documents here and begin telling us their ideas for innovations that will help speed Ohio’s education system farther into the 21st century. 

The Straight A Fund is the largest state program dedicated to promoting teaching and learning innovation in the history of U.S. education, and we think the real winners will be Ohio’s boys and girls.

The grant awards will put power in the hands of local educators and districts to bring about innovative, sustainable change that will better prepare our students for college and workforce success. 

I have talked to many local educators over the last few months, and I believe you have the strong, innovative spirit we need to help make our state education system a greater asset to our students and families. I also believe local administrators have great ideas for increasing operational efficiencies so they can drive more money directly into the classroom.

The next few weeks are critical for schools and their partners to become familiar with the Straight A Fund’s goals, philosophy and requirements and begin crafting their grant applications. The application deadline is October 25, so I urge you to gather your teams and act quickly.

To help potential applicants understand the process, we will be offering the following webcasts on September 18 and 19: 

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – Straight A Fund Overview: What’s required and how can I apply? Straight A Fund staff will discuss the application and scoring process, highlight key dates and field questions about how schools can successfully submit innovative and efficient project proposals. To participate, follow this link: https://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=685934&sessionid=1&key=E4AF12A95E6E01C643E64F626EDB5457&sourcepage=register. Both audio and video will stream through your computer.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. – Straight A Fund Sustainability: What is it and why is it important? Join in to hear a discussion about why Straight A Fund grants must be sustainable and how applicants must demonstrate sustainability. To participate, follow this link: http://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/r.htm?e=685937&s=1&k=1EA3762B65CBE744486F325BBE12E5B4. Both audio and video will stream through your computer.

We also invite you to join our new LinkedIn Straight A Innovation Fund discussion group here. We will post information and answer your questions on this interactive discussion forum.

I look forward to seeing many grant applications for innovations that will help us make big strides in educating Ohio’s boys and girls.


Dr. Richard A. Ross

State Superintendent of Public Instruction