Strickland Isn’t Even Good at Begging the Federal Government for Money
From Catherine Candisky in The Dispatch:
State officials are lobbying hard to get more school districts to back Ohio’s plan to win $400million in federal Race to the Top education funds.
But with the deadline for submitting signed agreements to the state just days away, only about a quarter of Ohio’s 613 school districts and a third of 322 charter schools have agreed to participate. They include three Franklin County districts – Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Whitehall – and 21 charter schools.
The meager response comes despite strong encouragement from Gov. Ted Strickland, state Superintendent Deborah Delisle and two teachers unions, along with a guarantee that all districts will get at least a $100,000 share of the state’s winnings.
chool districts and charter schools have until Friday to submit memorandums of understanding signed by their superintendent, board president and union representative.
When first-round awards were made last month, only Delaware and Tennessee were successful, and both had 100 percent of their schools participating. Ohio finished 10th with 266 school districts and 215 charter schools supporting its plan.
On the bright side, with Ohio’s chances of receiving this education funding is so low, no boring meetings in Washington will get in the way of Deborah Delisle’s future vacations.
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