Announcement May Be On Horizon

State Mulls New Education Funding
Posted on 02/22/2019
Image of Important StampAkron Public Schools (APS) and all public schools in Ohio may soon have a new funding model.

“The pieces are aligning in Columbus right now for addressing the state’s ongoing school funding issues,” said APS Treasurer and CFO Ryan Pendleton. Pendleton made his comments to the Akron School Board at its February 11 meeting adding that a new financial model has been developed, and an announcement of the new state biennial budget is expected in March.

At this most recent meeting, the board also approved an agreement with the JSR Foundation and Driving Schools of Ohio LLC to provide student driver education classes at a reduced cost of $325 per student to be paid by the student/parent. APS also adopted new textbooks and digital teaching tools for grades six through eight for math and Algebra 1.

Also, the Ohio Department of Education has designated APS as a pilot district for the Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning Pilot Model through June 30, 2020. The board approved a memorandum of understanding for this agreement and for an agreement with the Helen Keller International ChildSight Ohio’s vision program. This will allow APS to offer free eye exams and eyeglasses to qualified APS students in fifth through ninth grades at no cost to the district.
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