Dozens of Ohio Schools Split $33M in Grants to Aid Literacy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Dozens of Ohio school districts and consortiums of districts will split $33 million in federal grant money to improve literacy development.

Ohio’s Department of Education says the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant especially aims to boost literacy for more students who live in poverty, have disabilities, or are identified as English learners or struggling readers.

The grants range from about $22,000 for Mansfield schools to $1.2 million each for several recipients.

The applicants receiving the largest grants include educational service centers in Cuyahoga, Mahoning, Richland and Trumbull counties that serve multiple schools districts, and the Cleveland-based Center for Families and Children, which offers early learning programs.

Individual districts getting at least $1 million include Columbus, Elyria, Hillsboro, Mt. Healthy, New Lexington, Reynoldsburg, Strongsville, Toledo and West Clermont.