COLUMBUS – Seven Greater Cincinnati school districts, including Cincinnati Public Schools, grabbed a share of the $150 million in Straight A Fund grants that were recommended Friday by the fund's governing board.
Hamilton County Educational Service Center, which coordinates educational services for local schools, was a big winner, leading a consortium of 10 ESCs and 10 school districts to win a $7.7 million grant to boost literacy for third graders. That group includes Reading Community Schools and Felicity-Franklin Schools.
Cincinnati Public Schools won another $985,000 to train 150 teachers to become literacy specialists helping young students struggling to read.
Butler County ESC led a group that was awarded $718,000 to develop a program to build a countywide educational technology program. That group included Talawanda City, Madison Local and Monroe Local districts.
Finneytown Local Schools won $625,000 to develop an instructional toolkit that outlines exactly what a student needs to know to demonstrate proficiency in every one of the Ohio New Learning Standards.