Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Ohio State and Nonprofit Organization Backing New Math, Science School

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Ohio State and Nonprofit Organization Backing New Math, Science School

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COLUMBUS, Ohio

Columbus-based Battelle, a leader in science and technology research, and The Ohio State University are providing financial support for a new public high school where 400 students will focus on math and science, a newspaper reported last month.

Only students from the 16 public school districts in Franklin County will be eligible to attend the Metro School when it opens this fall.

Applicants will have to write a letter of interest and interview with staff, who will select candidates. The school districts, considering students' abilities and diversity, then will decide who enrolls.

"We're looking for a student who is motivated, wants to go to college, but needs a little extra help," says Brad Mitchell, chief executive officer of the Educational Council, a consortium of the Franklin County school districts. "Every district has students like this, and a big, comprehensive high school can only do so much."

Ohio State has donated $1.2 million for building leases and university faculty will be involved in training the yet-to-be-hired Metro School teachers in new instruction methods.

Battelle has donated more than $500,000 for startup costs. …

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