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Grant to aid area school districts



Published: Tue, December 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

Warren

Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education, a Cincinnati-based initiative, and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center have secured a $100,000 grant from the Local Government Innovative Fund.

The grant will be used to help school districts in Mahoning, Columbiana, Ashtabula and Trumbull counties collect and effectively use data.

“All school districts will have to measure data in a couple different areas,” said Stephanie Shaw, Eastern Ohio P-16 executive director. “We will put a system in place so every individual school district does not have to do it own their own.”

The Local Government Innovation Fund is a competitive statewide program that provides loans and grants.

The money is through the grant’s Shared Regional Education Data Management.

The program awards up to $100,000 in grant funds per feasibility study, up to $100,000 in loan assistance per entity for demonstration projects, and up to $500,000 in loan assistance for collaborative demonstration projects.

The first year will be a planning year, Shaw said.

In addition to the data measurement, the three entities plan to help school districts utilize the data to determine when curriculum changes are needed.

The Local Government Innovation Council recently approved more than $2.7 million in grants and $1.1 million in loans to Ohio communities for collaboration projects.

The loans and grants are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval.


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