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State Awards "Straight A" Grant to Several Area Districts

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Seven area school districts won major grants from the Ohio Department of Education that will be used to develop programs to improve student and teacher achievement and increase efficiency.

The grants will come from the departments "Straight A Fund," which was included in the fiscal years 2014 and 2015 budget and signed into law by Governor John Kasich this summer.

Six of those local districts are teaming up to take learning to a new level and are working out ways to use the money to augment online learning programs. Otsego, Eastwood, Anthony Wayne, Perrsyburg, Rossford, and Springfield are partially doing away with text books and instead using computer programs to instruct their students. District leaders say the technology is easier to use than traditional school materials and that students can relate better to the apps and computer programs. They also noted that online learning materials can be quickly revised and updated to reflect new discoveries, breakthroughs, and events.

School officials say the program is due to roll out this August, just in time for the new school year.

The Oregon School District also received state funds; they plan to provide training for teachers to produce high quality assessments for measuring student growth.

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