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Application and Guidance Materials Posted for Straight A Fund

Release date: 9/13/2013

Application and Guidance Materials Posted for Straight A Fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Application documents and guidance materials were posted today to the Straight A Fund webpage hosted by the Ohio Department of Education.

On Wednesday, the newly appointed governing board approved the application process for schools and education consortia to apply for grants from the Straight A Fund. Application documents are available from the Ohio Department of Education website.

Straight A Fund grants will provide seed money for the most creative and forward-thinking ideas coming from educators and their partners in the public and private sectors. The fund will allow local educators to pursue three goals:

  • Significant advancement in raising student achievement;
  • Significant advancement in reducing spending; and
  • Significant advancement in targeting more resources to the classroom.

The Straight A Fund also will promote lasting value by requiring that innovations be sustainable, so student achievement and operational effectiveness can continue after grant money is used.

Ohio’s biennial education budget dedicated $100 million in fiscal year 2014 and $150 million in fiscal year 2015 to provide grants to districts, schools, educational service centers, community schools, STEM schools, college-preparatory boarding schools, education consortia (representing a partnership among city, local, exempted village districts, school buildings, community schools, or STEM schools), institutions of higher education and private entities partnering with one or more of the entities listed above.

The nine-member governing board consists of the state superintendent of public instruction, four members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president of the Senate. Current members include: State Superintendent Richard A. Ross; Representative Gerald Stebelton, Ohio House of Representatives; Colleen Grady, education policy advisor at the Ohio House of Representatives; Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership; Kristina Phillips-Schwartz, director of education initiatives at the Cincinnati Business Committee; and Superintendent John Scheu, Sidney City School District.

The board also is seeking grant scorers, education experts from around Ohio and the nation, to score the grant applications. The scored applications will then be evaluated by grant advisors. Grant advisors, who have been selected because of their fiscal and/or education expertise, will make recommendations to governing board members who ultimately will award the grants.