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Ohio Controlling Board Approves $144 Million in Straight A Fund Grants

Release date: 7/28/2014

COLUMBUS –– The Ohio Controlling Board approved 37 grant applications involving nearly 200 schools, districts and their partners that were recommended as part of Ohio’s Straight A Fund to encourage innovation in classrooms and emphasize collaboration and efficiency.                                         

The grants include $144.6 million in funding recommended by the Straight A Governing Board after a rigorous screening process. A list of Straight A Fund Grant awardees can be viewed here.

The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the state budget signed last summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. More than 150 entities received $100 million last year, with $150 million earmarked for the recommended applicants this year. The Straight A Fund is part of a $1.6 billion increase in state funding for education over the two year budget cycle. The fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.

“These Straight A award winners represent some of the most innovative thinking taking place in classrooms all over Ohio. They recognize that it takes bold, new approaches to equip our students for a more demanding future,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “Our schools and districts are collaborating across the state; working together to find solutions to overcome challenges that they share. This will result in significant cost savings while providing amazing new opportunities for students and teachers.”

In all, a total of 662 separate organizations, including 446 public school districts, 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.

Of the $150 million, legislators earmarked approximately $5.4 million for projects, including Kids Unlimited of Toledo for quality after-school tutoring and mentoring; Promise Neighborhoods for improved educational and developmental outcomes of children in distressed communities; and for qualifying districts to improve the efficiency of pupil transportation. 

Information about the Straight A Fund can be viewed here.