Three Ohio education initiatives are competing in the national $400 million Race to the Top competition. Reynoldsburg, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, and the Ohio Appalachia Collaborative are among 61 finalists who stand to win five to forty million dollars in rewards.
"We are basically telling every child who enters kindergarten in Cuyahoga County that we believe you can go to college." These are the words of executive Ed FitzGerald, according to a recent Plain-Dealer article, who has launched a savings account program for Cuyahoga County students.
Ohio placed eighth in the nation under a more rigorous graduation rate mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. The new method provides a more uniform comparison for states, and shows that many have room for improvement.
College-bound students should take some time to browse the internet. According to the Dayton Daily News, the Ohio Board of Regents has designed a website to help students plan for college in efforts to support higher graduation rates.