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Plans for Ohio’s First Public Boarding School Are Dead

The SEED School in Washington, D.C., opened in 1998. First Lady Laura Bush is among the dignitaries who have visited the school.

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The SEED School in Washington, D.C., opened in 1998. First Lady Laura Bush is among the dignitaries who have visited the school.

Plans to create Ohio’s first public boarding school are dead because the private foundation that had originally pushed for the school’s creation pulled out, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Richard Farmer, a Cincinnati businessman and major Republican donor, and his family foundation helped get the 2011 legislation to create the school passed and had committed to contribute millions in the coming years to support the school.

The Farmer Family Foundation pulled out due to “concern about the uncertainty around the biennial budget process to fund school operations,” according to the Enquirer.

The school would have been operated by the SEED Foundation, under a contract with the state Board of Education. SEED already runs public boarding schools in Washington and Baltimore.

The Ohio SEED school would have been located in the Cincinnati area and open only to “at-risk” students. That means students from low-income families who also meet other criteria such as such as having a record of suspensions or truancy or failing state reading or math tests.

The school had been slated to open in Cincinnati with its first class of 80 sixth graders in fall 2013.  The opening was then delayed a year, until fall 2014, due to construction delays.

Comments

  • Paul

    I’ve been following the SEED project for several years. It’s unfortunate that the private funding fell through. While boarding may be impractical for our nation’s at-risk youth, this is the level of involvement required to help those students who have been left behind by our society.

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