COLUMBUS, Ohio – A total of 662 unique organizations, including 446 public school districts, have requested more than $761 million in the second round of the Straight A Fund grant award process. The applicant pool includes 73 percent of Ohio school districts. The $250 million Straight A Fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.
The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Community Schools has warned three sponsors that they will be shut down if they proceed with plans to open six community schools.
The department sent letters to leaders of the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc., the Warren County Educational Service Center and Kids Count of Dayton, Inc., informing the potential sponsors of the severe deficiencies in their school application and approval processes.
Ohio took a large step toward the implementation of the Next Generation Assessments last week after successfully completing the first round of field tests. More than 175,000 performance-based assessments were taken beginning March 24 with no statewide systemic issues reported.
More than 2,600 high school students from nearly 100 career-technical schools and programs will demonstrate their abilities and skills as they compete in 62nd Annual SkillsUSA Ohio Championships on Tuesday, April 15, at the Convention Center in Columbus. The SkillsUSA Ohio Championships is the premier showcase for career-technical education in Ohio.
The State Board of Education of Ohio Gifted Indicator Work Group will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus.