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Straight A Fund Governing Board to Meet Nov. 15

Release date: 11/12/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Straight A Fund Governing Board will meet on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High Street, 31st Floor, South B & C rooms.

At the meeting, the board will receive a report on the fiscal sustainability scoring and review process that was recently completed, approve a model contract to be executed with eventual awardees, and review the timeline for the fiscal year 2015 application process.

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; Colleen Grady, education policy advisor at the 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.

Ohio’s school leaders enthusiastically responded to the Straight A Fund, with 420 organizations submitting 570 applications to be considered for funds to improve achievement and increase efficiency. The $250 million fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. The 570 applications are requesting nearly $868 million.

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

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