More than 200 applicants made the first cut in the second round of Ohio’s Straight A Fund education grant awards.
The $250m Straight A Fund began with the 2013 biennial budget signed into law by the governor last summer, with the purpose of encouraging efficiency and innovation in education.
Nearly $12 million were earmarked for specific projects, including $6 million for Cleveland’s much publicized schools transformation plan. Last December the fund’s governing board awarded $88.6 million to 24 schools, school districts and partnerships in the first round of competitive funding.
340 applicants vied for the remaining $150 million. On Tuesday the fund’s governing board advanced 228 for further programmatic review.
The Ohio Department of Education describes the Straight A Fund this way on its website:
The Straight A Fund will provide funds to educational entities in Ohio with the drive and courage to try new approaches that:
- Meet the learning needs of its students,
- Reduce the cost of running a school or school district, or
- Drive more dollars to the classroom
Through a rigorous screening process, Ohio will give creative and cost-effective solutions the seed funding they need to get off the ground. We are on the lookout for proposals that solve specific problems in our schools, can be quickly duplicated by others and are sustainable.
Winners in the second round of funding will be announced in late June