By Michele McNeil
The U.S. Department of Education next week is beginning the first phase of its $134.8 million Investing in Innovation competition, which has so far awarded about $1 billion to schools and their nonprofit partners as they work to scale-up education-improvement ideas.
According to a notice to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, the Education Department on March 17 will start the contest by asking for pre-applications for its smallest “development” grants, which are worth up to $3 million. This screening process is a way for the department to whittle down the list of interested applicants to those who have the best shot of winning. (This is the third time the department is using the screening process.)