Ohio schools apply for millions in state educational grants

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nearly 600 proposals seeking $868 million — including 57 to benefit students in Franklin County — were submitted by Friday night’s application deadline.

The fund, however, will award only $100 million this school year and $150 million in the 2014-15 school year.

“Unfortunately, there could be some great ideas that will not be funded this year, but we’re going to do everything we can to make the right decisions and fund as many innovative ideas as possible to help Ohio students,” said Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction.

Schools want money for a wide range of initiatives, including iPads or laptops for students, propane-powered buses, snowplows, equine therapy, wind and solar energy, breakfast for students, development of online courses and programs allowing high-school students to earn college credit.

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