Department of Education

State: Non-religious Groups Can Now Seek Mentorship Grants

Jan 16, 2015

State officials say they have clarified a religious requirement attached to new $10 million student-mentorship grant program.
The Ohio Department of Education says it's expanded the definition of a faith-based organization to include non-religious groups.

Ohio is one of eight states that no longer have to meet all the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but with a caveat.

More than a decade ago the No Child Left Behind Act ushered in a new era of education reform, including the requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.  Many states have fought for repeal, calling the law unrealistic.  It remains in place but the Obama Administration has given states a way around some of the requirements, allowing states to apply for waivers.