State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today applauded Canal Winchester Local Schools on receiving more than $700,000 in state funds to develop new programs aimed at empowering students for 21st century success in the classroom and beyond.

Canal Winchester received the Ohio Straight A Fund dollars to support local educators in creating student centered pathways that foster innovation, collaboration and critical thinking in the 21st century.

"Canal Winchester's teachers and administrators will use this program to empower students not only in the classroom, but as they attend college and connect with employers in our increasingly globalized economy,” said Balderson. “The Pathways to Possibilities program is preparing students to seek out career and higher educational opportunities through innovative methods that may not have been the norm in past years.”

Ohio’s Straight A Fund supports initiatives from local educators that promote academic achievement and increase efficiency. Independent scorers review each application to determine fiscal sustainability and long-term impact.

Ohio Governor John R. Kasich created the Straight A Fund in 2013, and the state budget for fiscal years 2016 – 2017, signed last summer, included $30 million for a two-year continuation.

The Straight A Fund Governing Board is comprised of nine members, including the state superintendent of public instruction, four members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president of the Senate.

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