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      Panel to consider BGSU, NW Ohio schools for innovation grants

      Republican Gov. John Kasich launched the $250 million fund in September as part of the two-year state operating budget.

      A state legislative panel is preparing to vote on the first round of education innovation grants through Ohio's new Straight A Fund.

      The Ohio Controlling Board considers $88 million in recommended grant funding on Monday. The fund's governing board selected the 24 finalists from among 569 applicants. Finalists include some northwest Ohio public school districts and Bowling Green State University.

      BGSU and Grovesport Madison Local Schools are slated to receive $1.8 million to help teachers take a more technology-supported approach in the classroom. The initiative is called Electronic Literacy Through Internet-Supported Strategies for Instruction, or ELLIS I.

      Oregon City Schools will receive about $200,000 to expand a prototype of the Instructional Improvement System. Some Oregon teachers will work alongside BGSU faculty to create assessments that evaluate students' growth. Eventually, these evaluations will become available to districts statewide.

      BGSU and six northwest Ohio school districts (Otsego, Springfield, Eastwood, Rossford, Maumee and Anthony Wayne) will split about $850,000. Those school districts will work with BGSU to create a digital compilation that preps its high schoolers for college at the end of each course. The collection will replace traditional textbooks.

      Republican Gov. John Kasich launched the $250 million fund in September as part of the two-year state operating budget. The program aims to" improve achievement, reduce spending and target more resources to the classroom."

      Its critics say the structure of the grant program excludes other districts across the state from using additional funding for their operations.(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)