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Nearly 40 Ohio School Districts Plan to Apply for $400-Million New Race to the Top Grants

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The new Race to the Top competition encourages schools to "personalize" education.

Thirty-nine Ohio school districts, charter schools and other groups have said they plan to apply for some of the $400 million the federal U.S. Department of Education will hand out under district-level Race to the Top grants.

These Race to the Top grants will reward districts for “personalizing” education, having a vision for reform and being successful in the past. Districts will also get bonus points for partnering with other groups — public or private — to provide other services like after-school or counseling programs.

This round of grants comes on top of previous state-level Race to the Top grants. (Ohio got $400 million that time around.)

That earlier round of Race to the Top awarded states money to encourage states to enact education policies to improve teacher and principal evaluations and preparation programs, turn around low-performing schools, and promote the growth of high-performing charter schools and to adopt the Common Core.

This time around, the Ohio applicants potentially asking for the biggest pieces of the pie include the Cleveland and Parma school districts, the Montgomery County Educational Service Center and an organization called the Initiative for America’s Youth Families & Community.

That last organization doesn’t turn up in a search of Ohio Secretary of State business filings or on the IRS’s list of Ohio tax-exempt organizations.

Other Ohio potential applicants include the Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Westerville school districts and charter schools Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) and Ohio Virtual Academy.

Nationwide, 893 districts and other entities said they plan to apply.

Caveats: Not all will actually apply, not all may actually be eligible and not all that do apply will actually win grants. The Department of Education expects to award 15-25 grants by December.

That means competition will be very, very stiff, Education Week’s Michele McNeil says.

Potential Ohio Applicants for Race to the Top District Competition (And Amount Each May Request)

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$5-10 million
$10-20 million
$20-30 million
$30 - 40 million
Akron Public Schools1
Allen County Educational Service Center1
Austintown Local School District1
Buckeye Local School District1
Chardon Local School District1
Cincinnati City School District1
Cincinnati State STEM Academy1
Cleveland Municipal School District1
Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District1
Columbus City Schools1
Coventry Local Schools1
Crestview Local Schools1
District Not Provided1
Eaton Community Schools1
Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County1
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow2
Findlay City Schools1
Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center1
Hamilton City School District1
Hamilton Local School District1
Hilliard City Schools1
Initiative for America's Youth Families & Community1
Lancaster City Schools1
Montgomery County Educational Service Center1
Ohio Virtual Academy1
Parma City School District1
Perkins Local School District1
Piqua City Schools1
Scioto Valley Local Schools1
Springfield City School District1
Springfield Local Schools1
Tallmadge City Schools1
The Childrey Deliverance Foundation1
The Leona Group L.L.C.1
TRECA Digital Academy1
Tri-Rivers Education Computer Association1
Twin Valley Community Local School District1
Westerville City Schools1
Willoughby-Eastlake City School District1
Ohio - Statewide22774

Source: U.S. Department of Education | Download Data


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pam-Tignor/100003735748192 Pam Tignor

    Race to the top..top of what? We are at the bottom and will continue to be until the worthless theories are out of our schools! Until the children are put ahead of pockets and power grabbers, we will never be at the top in education, wake up!! Whole Word reading programs, Reform Math,,2 worthless damaging theories,, get rid of both and actually start teaching again. Discovery methods are a joke and are harming young minds!!!

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