COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is joining top state education officials to launch the process for doling out grants through Ohio's new $250 million education innovation program.
The Straight A Fund was part of the $62 billion, two-year state budget enacted July 1. It's designed to reward creative educational ideas and programs that significantly boost student achievement, dramatically reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom.
Joining Kasich at Wednesday's inaugural meeting of the fund's governing board are State Superintendent Dick Ross and Susan Zelman, a former state superintendent who's serving as fund director.
Straight A grants will be available to traditional public schools, community schools, STEM schools, individual teachers and to educational consortia that could include multiple school districts, universities, educational service centers or private entities.