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Straight A Fund Governing Board to Meet

Release date: 12/4/2013

Award Winners to be Recommended

COLUMBUS –– The Straight A Fund Governing Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus, in conference room B-001.

At the meeting, the board will discuss applications and make recommendations on the applicants selected for funding to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Dec. 16.

The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. In all, 420 organizations submitted 570 applications to be considered for funds to improve achievement and increase efficiency. The applicants requested nearly $868 million. The Straight A Governing Board will award $100 million in fiscal year 2014 with $150 million available in fiscal year 2015.

Each grant proposal was required to include:

  • A description of the project, including how the project’s innovative concept will have substantial value and lasting impact;
  • An explanation of how the project will be financially self-sustaining;
  • A description of a thoughtful implementation plan that identifies quantifiable results of the project that can be benchmarked.

Each grant application was first rated by three of approximately 230 independent fiscal scorers selected by the Department of Administrative Services who helped determine if applicants’ ideas were fiscally sustainable. From the original pool of 570 applications, 359 were approved as sustainable and promoted to the next step of the rating process.

Each application was then rated by three of approximately 230 independent programmatic scorers selected by the Department of Administrative Services to determine if the proposal was innovative, had substantial value and lasting impact.

After this programmatic review, the scores were reviewed by grant advisors. The approximately 30 grant advisors, selected by the Governing Board, issued a recommendation of the highest quality applications to the Governing Board who will make the final recommendations. The State Controlling Board must give final approval before funds are distributed.

The Straight A Fund Governing Board is comprised of nine members, including 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: Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, who serves as chair of the Governing Board; State Superintendent Richard A. Ross; Representative Gerald Stebelton, Ohio House of Representatives; Representative Andrew Brenner, Ohio House of Representatives; Senator Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senate; Kristina Phillips-Schwartz, director of education initiatives at the Cincinnati Business Committee; and Superintendent John Scheu, Sidney City School District.

Applications for the Straight A Fund have been posted to the department of education website and can be viewed here. Information about the Straight A Fund can be viewed here.

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