Schools across Indiana can now compete for a share of $5 million set aside by the General Assembly to fund innovative programs to improve students' academic performance.
State Superintendent Tony Bennett announced the Innovation Fund competition Wednesday.
Schools, districts, charters and nonprofits will be able to apply for one- or two-year grants to fund programs involving teacher effectiveness, college and career readiness or school improvement. Applicants may request up to $500,000 per year. The competition is open not only to new programs but to existing programs that are expanding.
The state Department of Education says the Legislature created
the Innovation Fund in the 2011-2013 state budget by setting aside
$2.5 million per year to help improve student performance through
creative, effective and sustainable programs.