Hundreds of schools and educational ventures in Ohio have applied for grants from a new $250 million innovation fund established by Gov. John Kasich.
The Ohio Department of Education said Monday some 570 applicants representing 420 different organizations applied for "Straight A Fund" grants. Winning ideas must significantly boost student achievement, reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom.
State Superintendent Richard Ross said the overwhelming number of applications means competition will be intense.
Final decisions are expected in mid-December. Each proposal will first receive separate fiscal sustainability and value scores and then a panel of grant advisers will vet them.
That group will recommend finalists to the seven-member Straight A Fund governing board. The board's selections must be approved by the state Controlling Board.