Alliance Comments on Investing in Innovation (i3) Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria

Nelson Smith

The passage of the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 enabled two competitive grant programs aimed at drastically improving public education in America. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released draft priorities and guidelines for the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant competition. On behalf of over 4,900 public charter schools across the country educating over 1.5 million children, the Alliance strongly supports the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to use the i3 fund to scale significant education reforms and find the next generation of notable educational innovations. The current draft is a commendable start, but we do believe it can be improved further. Download our comments below to read the suggestions Alliance experts offer in the spirit of positive collaboration. Take action to let the Department know that you believe the i3 fund should work to support true innovation and also the replication of those charter models that prove to be the very best. Read how the Alliance has been working with the Department of Education to ensure that the ARRA benefits charter schools.   Additional Resources: Draft Notice of Proposed Priorities Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund Summary of Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria