State Rep. Stephen Dyer just sent this out with a breakdown on what Akron-Canton area districts and charter schools should expect from Ohio's successful Race to the Top application.
Here's some of them:
COLUMBUS- State Representative Stephen Dyer (D-Green) applauded the U.S Department of Education's decision to award Ohio $400 million in Race to the Top education grant money.
''I am proud that Ohio is recognized today for its efforts to reform education in the past 2 years. One of the key differences in Ohio's Round 2 application was a comprehensive explanation of the components that are in House Bill 1's education reforms,'' said Rep. Dyer. ''The Race to the Top grant coupled with the Education Commission of the State's Frank Newman Award, provide validation to Ohio communities that the efforts in House Bill 1 to positively change education in Ohio are working, and that after decades of a system that does not work we are starting on a path to constitutionality in funding Ohio's schools. ''
A number of area school districts signed the necessary Memorandum of Understanding for Race to the Top and will receive funds. The districts, and the dollar amounts they are expected to receive, are:
Five R'S Academy
Hope Academy Canton Campus
Life Skills Center Canton
Akron Digital Academy
Greater Summit County Early Learning Center
Hope Academy Brown St Campus
Hope Academy University
Life Skills Center Of Akron
Life Skills Center of North Akron
Life Skills Center Of Summit County
Lighthouse Comm & Prof Dev
Nordonia Hills City
Romig Road Community School
Falcon Academy of Creative Arts
Districts that did not choose to participate in the Race to the Top competition will still receive benefits from Ohio's selection as a grant recipient. Statewide initiatives will include teacher training, a teacher residency program and curriculum development.
The Round 2 Race to the Top application was submitted by the Ohio Department of Education in June. Ohio was selected as a finalist in late July and a team from Ohio made a presentation and answered questions from U.S. Department of Education reviewers earlier this month.
Race to the Top is a new, national, competitive education grant program with approximately $3.4 billion available for grants to states. The money will help local school districts and public charter schools improve: (1) college- and career-ready academic standards, (2) data systems for tracking progress and improving instruction, (3) teacher and principal effectiveness, and (4) performance among the lowest-performing schools.