DDN: Gov. Kasich launches Straight A Fund

Straight A

Ohio’s educators and parents have a new resource available for promoting student achievement and increasing efficiency – a $250 million education innovation fund. On Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich joined other state officials to launch the Straight A Fund to provide grants to schools interested in innovative new ways of teaching and learning. The Dayton Daily News has more below:

“The Republican governor joined top state education officials to launch the Straight A Fund included in Ohio’s $62 billion, two-year state operating budget. The grant program aims to reward creative ideas that significantly boost student achievement, reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom.

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Ohio’s budget dedicated $100 million to the fund for the fiscal year that began July 1 and $150 million in the next fiscal year. Documents outlining the application and distribution process approved Wednesday by the governing board will be available at the Ohio Department of Education’s website on Friday.”

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4 Responses to DDN: Gov. Kasich launches Straight A Fund

  1. Les Kovel September 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I praise everything that can be done to improve education. I hope the funds allocated are monitored to enforce compliance with the funding requirements. I would also like to see welfare and other entitlement programs modified. For example, a cap should be placed

  2. Cody Ragle September 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Great job – education is where it all begins for our children and the only way to reduce poverty. We must not let them fail.

  3. Lee Bishop September 15, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Despite what our hearts tells us, there has NEVER been a scientifically valid study showing a correlation between class size and academic achievement. Class sizes can be increased dramatically in Ohio schools IF each teacher has sufficient assistance in the areas of grading and attendance.

    In a lecture situation, a teacher broadcasts the lesson plan for 50 minutes; students listen and take notes; because the hour’s lesson is limited in scope, only a finite number of questions can be asked. Regardless of class size, the same standard experience is generated and received.

    A teacher with an aide or aides to handle attendance taking and assist with grading can handle very large class sizes at significant savings to the school district.

    Good luck in achieving your goals!

  4. Pat love September 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Being a retired speech and language pathologist working in the public schools, it is a wonderful thing to give incentives to achieve academic goals. A closer look at the curriculum offered to our children must be based on truthful American facts and not propaganda, will also guide them to become leaders in our American society who are proud of our heritage.

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