Some Ohio Schools Backing Off Federal Grants

Mar 11, 2013

Some Ohio schools have decided that federal Race to the Top education grants aren't worth it.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that some 80 school districts and charter schools across the state have backed out of the grant program after winning money. Some withdrew quickly after deciding requirements were too costly, while others who have been receiving money are starting to pull out.

Schools say new teacher evaluations tied to the grant money add to the costs.

Schools say they often have to remove teachers from classrooms to train them to meet grant mandates, and administrators get tied up on progress reports.

The grants are aimed at raising graduation rates and student test scores with funds to help revamp student testing and teacher evaluations.