Education Funding

Winners in Latest ‘i3' Round to Split $150 Million

By Michele McNeil — November 13, 2012 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Twenty winners are slated to share $150 million in prize money from the third round of the federal Investing in Innovation competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.

Eight won “validation” awards of up to $15 million each, and the remaining 12 won “development” awards of up to $3 million.

The department chose not to award any grants in the largest “scale up” category, where the grants were each worth up to $25 million. Department officials said in a frequently-asked-questions document about the awards that they wanted a larger portfolio of grantees, and awarding a large $25 million grant would have eaten up a big portion of the award money.

The i3 contest, which was born out of the 2009 economic-stimulus package passed by Congress, aims to find innovative ideas and bring them to scale. School districts, groups of schools, and their nonprofit partners competed in the three categories, which varied based on how much evidence of past success an idea had. The scale-up category requires the strongest track record of success; the development category requires less evidence but a lot of promise.

Now the only thing standing between the winners and their money is securing matching funds from the private sector. Development award winners must secure a 15 percent match, and validation winners a 20 percent match. In the past, securing matching grants—and keeping that money—has proved quite challenging for some i3 winners.

Applicants have until Dec. 7 to secure their matching funds.

The validation winners are: Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, Jobs for the Future, LEED Sacramento, National Writing Project, New Leaders Inc., New Teacher Center, Texas A&M University, and WestEd.

WestEd also won a development grant, along with AVID Center, California Association for Bilingual Education, California League of Middle Schools, Central Falls (R.I.) School District, Citizen Schools Inc., Clark County (Nev.) School District, Columbia College Chicago, Intercultural Development Research Association, International Network for Public Schools, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Virginia Advanced Study Strategies Inc.

A version of this article appeared in the November 15, 2012 edition of Education Week as Latest ‘i3' Winners Split $150 Million


School & District Management Webinar How Pensions Work: Why It Matters for K-12 Education
Panelists explain the fundamentals of teacher pension finances — how they are paid for, what drives their costs, and their impact on K-12 education.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
Strategies for Incorporating SEL into Curriculum
Empower students to thrive. Learn how to integrate powerful social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies into the classroom.
Content provided by Be GLAD
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Funding What New School Spending Data Show About a Coming Fiscal Cliff
New data show just what COVID-relief funds did to overall school spending—and the size of the hole they might leave in school budgets.
4 min read
Photo illustration of school building and piggy bank.
F. Sheehan for Education Week + iStock / Getty Images Plus
Education Funding When There's More Money for Schools, Is There an 'Objective' Way to Hand It Out?
A fight over the school funding formula in Mississippi is kicking up old debates over how to best target aid.
7 min read
Illustration of many roads and road signs going in different directions with falling money all around.
Education Funding Explainer How Can Districts Get More Time to Spend ESSER Dollars? An Explainer
Districts can get up to 14 additional months to spend ESSER dollars on contracts—if their state and the federal government both approve.
4 min read
Illustration of woman turning back hands on clock.
Education Week + iStock / Getty Images Plus Week
Education Funding Education Dept. Sees Small Cut in Funding Package That Averted Government Shutdown
The Education Department will see a reduction even as the funding package provides for small increases to key K-12 programs.
3 min read
President Joe Biden delivers a speech about healthcare at an event in Raleigh, N.C., on March 26, 2024.
President Joe Biden delivers a speech about health care at an event in Raleigh, N.C., on March 26. Biden signed a funding package into law over the weekend that keeps the federal government open through September but includes a slight decrease in the Education Department's budget.
Matt Kelley/AP