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December 6, 2013

Straight A board meeting today

COLUMBUS — The Straight A Fund Governing is meeting at 9 a.m. today at the Ohio Department of Education to discuss grant applications and make recommendations on the applicants selected for funding.

Five of the seven school districts in Ashtabula County applied for the Straight A Grant. Ashtabula Area City and Geneva Area City school districts did not apply.

Final approval for the selections will be made by the Ohio Controlling Board on Dec. 16.

Five hundred and seventy applications were submitted for funds to improve achievement and efficiency. Each grant proposal was required to include a description of the project, an explanation of how the project will be financially self-sustaining, and a description of an implementation plan that identifies quantifiable results that can be benchmarked.

Each application was first rated by three of 230 independent fiscals scorers, who determined that 359 of the 570 applications were sustainable and promoted to the next step of the rating process.

Each application was then reviewed by three of 230 independent programmatic scorers to determine if the proposal was innovative, had substatial value, and lasting impact.

The scores were then reviewed by grant advisors. The 30 grant advisors then issued a recommendation of the highest-quality proposals to the Governing Board. The State Controlling Board must give final approval before funds are distributed.

The Straight A Fund Governing Board is comprised of nine members.

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