State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) today applauded the Ohio Department of Education’s recommendation that Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District receive a $368,680 grant through the Straight A Fund. The district has been recommended by the Straight A Fund Governing Board to receive one of 23 grants representing 90 schools.


If approved, the funds are to be used to create an incubator program for student-run startups within the school district. The program is intended to promote and encourage entrepreneurship, creating an alternative career path for students after high school. The Straight A Fund seeks to improve student achievement and stimulate such programs across the state in order to meet the needs of all students in an ever-changing workforce.


“Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District’s program to give our students hands on entrepreneurship experience during their school year is exactly what I had hoped for when I first supported the Straight A program,” Rep. Young said. “I believe these types of experiences, which reach beyond the classroom into the real world of American capitalism, will be a launching pad for many students toward satisfying careers, business ownership, and economic growth throughout our region.”


The Straight A Fund was established in 2013 to provide grants to Ohio schools with funding for projects that will encourage student achievement alongside innovation. Last year the state operating budget provided a $30 million appropriation to continue funding these grants. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for approval on August 8.

 
 
 
  
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