Today OAN received a statement from the Ohio Department of Education in response to the claim that it would be imminently announced that the 21st CCLC RFA for FY18 would be canceled.
“The Department will continue to fund the 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grant programs that are on existing, multiple-year grants that extend through the 2017-2018 school year. No district loses money by the actions we’re taking. While the existing grants continue, the Department is postponing new grants while we work with stakeholders to align the priorities of the competition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We expect to move in an expedient fashion.
These grants are meant to help schools build sustainable programs that will last beyond the life of the grant itself. In making the grants competitive, we have an opportunity to provide more resources to more schools.”