Rogers Announces State Recommendation Of Nearly $1 Million In Grants For Mentor Schools

State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the state’s recommendation of close to one million dollars in grant funding for the Mentor Exempted Village School District through the state’s “Straight A Program.”

“Schools and teachers need real resources to ensure our children can earn a quality education that enables them to succeed,” said Rogers. “That is why I am so pleased our district has been recognized by the state as an example of great school that can do even more with the right resources. This funding will go a long way toward enriching learning for middle school students while decreasing costs of classroom necessities, like textbooks.”

The $999,237 in funding will help teachers share best practices on blended and problem-based teaching strategies in order to enhance seventh and eighth grade student learning, close achievement gaps and decrease textbook and professional development costs. 

A total of 20 grants representing 86 schools were recommended for $14.6 million in funding by the “Straight A Fund” governing board. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Feb. 22. Each grant application underwent review by independent scorers for both fiscal sustainability and to determine if proposals were innovative, had substantial value and lasting impact before being recommended by the governing board.  The “Straight A Fund” was created in 2013 to aid local educators in the promotion of academic achievement and economic efficiencies within schools systems.