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Kasich, education leaders launch 'Straight A' fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has called upon Ohio educators to tap their creativity as the state makes available a new $250 million education innovation grant fund.

The Republican governor joined top state education officials Wednesday to launch the Straight A Fund included in Ohio's two-year operating budget.

The program aims to reward creative ideas and programs that significantly boost student achievement, dramatically reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom.

Joining Kasich at Wednesday's inaugural meeting of the fund's governing board were State Superintendent Dick Ross and Susan Zelman, a former state superintendent who's serving as fund director.

Grants will go to traditional public schools, community schools, STEM schools, individual teachers and to educational consortia comprising multiple districts, universities, educational service centers or private entities.

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