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In December, I wrote to Ohio’s district superintendents asking them to help us battle a substance abuse problem that is robbing too many Ohio girls and boys of their critical learning years. We must take bold steps to intervene for our kids, and here’s why: Ohio drug overdose deaths increased 440 percent between 1999 and 2011, with prescription drugs driving that rise. Nearly 30 percent of Ohio’s high school students are using illegal prescription drugs, and one in 10 high school students recently reported they had first tried marijuana before age 13.
This is an exciting day for Ohio’s public education system, one that marks a transformation in learning for the boys and girls of our state. Earlier this afternoon, the state Controlling Board released a total of $88.6 million involving 24 Straight A grants for innovation that represent more than 150 educational partners. You can see the list of winning grant applications here.