WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) welcomed today’s arrival of $400 million in ‘Race to The Top’ funding for the Ohio Department of Education. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, awards Recovery Act funds to schools that measurably improve their quality of education.
“This critical Recovery Act funding proves that Ohio is home to some of the best schools in the nation. But there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to the education of Ohio’s children,” Brown said. “Ohio’s stellar application is a tribute to the hardworking teachers, school administrators, and parents in our state. Days after President Obama’s State of the Union address, which called for a renewed focus on education— specifically science and math— I look forward to creating a world-class education system that prepares all of Ohio students for the 21st century economy.”
More than 530 Ohio school districts signed on to the state’s application for funding. In January, Brown wrote to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging that Ohio’s application be given strong consideration. This past summer, Governor Strickland and State Superintendent Deborah Delisle traveled to Washington, D.C. to personally present the state’s application.
According to the Ohio Department of Education, the federal funds will be used to support Race to the Top activities either directly through Ohio schools, districts or through state-supported initiatives for the next four years. A list of participating schools and funding amounts can be found at www.rttT.education.ohio.gov. These schools serve over one million students, including 63 percent of students with special needs, 66 percent of economically disadvantaged students, 72 percent of English language learners, 73 percent of Hispanic students, and 81 percent of black students.