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Akron to get $9 million in Race to the Top funds

By John Published: August 24, 2010

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:

  • Akron: $9.1 million

  • Canton$2.7 million

  • Barberton $913,000

  • Plain Local $513,000

  • Southeast (Wayne Co.) $539,000

  • Kent $432,000

  • Springfield $417,000

  • Green $234,000

Complete list for this area follows
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:

Canton City


Canton Local


Five R'S Academy


Hope Academy Canton Campus


Jackson Local


Lake Local


Life Skills Center Canton


Marlington Local


Minerva Local


Northwest Local


Plain Local


Tuslaw Local


Akron City


Akron Digital Academy


Barberton City


Coventry Local


Greater Summit County Early Learning Center


Green Local


Hope Academy Brown St Campus


Hope Academy University


Hudson City


Life Skills Center Of Akron


Life Skills Center of North Akron


Life Skills Center Of Summit County


Lighthouse Comm & Prof Dev


Manchester Local


Nordonia Hills City


Revere Local


Romig Road Community School


Springfield Local


Twinsburg City


Southeast Local


Brunswick City


Buckeye Local


Cloverleaf Local


Highland Local


Aurora City


Falcon Academy of Creative Arts


Kent City


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.




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