Seven CCS schools eligible for federal grants

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has applied to be a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. More than $3 billion is available to states that apply for funds provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

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SIG grants are different from the Race to the Top program. Instead of entire school districts receiving funds, specific school buildings can receive federal monies to improve student achievement. ODE has identified seven CCS schools that are eligible for SIG grants. They include: Alum Crest HS, Champion MS, Columbus Global Academy, Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, Southmoor MS, Weinland Park ES and West HS.

Once Ohio’s application is approved, CCS can apply for federal money on behalf of each of its seven schools. By applying for these grants, the district agrees to implement one of four instructional intervention models. CEA, OEA and NEA support the Transformation Model. That model replaces the principal, increases teacher effectiveness, institutes comprehensive instructional reforms and provides operational flexibility and support.