Junk Requests in Ohio’s Federal Education Grant Proposal
Ted Strickland counted on Federal education dollars as part of his patch-work budget, but it appears Ohio has no interest in spending much of that money on students:
Buried within a 263-page application for $409 million in federal grant money, Ohio education officials detail how they want to spend $600,000 for two cultural anthropologists, $400,000 for a video, $320,000 for a communications plan and another $160,000 for “creative messaging.”
Ohio is competing against 39 other states and the District of Columbia for a chunk of $4 billion from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “Race to the Top” program.
State Sen. Jon Husted, R-Kettering, called items in the application further evidence of why some people lose faith in government’s ability to reform education.
Ohio’s application seems to be “a way to fund the status quo and pay for things that have nothing to do with educating children in the classroom,” Husted said. “We should be embarrassed by some of the things they want to fund in this application.”
And not to mention that this is one-time money. It is nice to see Husted causing a fuss about this and the Strickland administration should be held accountable.
Maybe a 65 cent solution is in order?
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