Secretary DeVos Announces New Grant Awards that Encourage Grantees to Rethink Education

Secretary DeVos Announces New Grant Awards that Encourage Grantees to Rethink Education

September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $123 million innew grant awards to 41 school districts, nonprofit organizations and state educational agencies across the United States as part of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. These grants provide funding to create, implement, or take to scale an evidence-based innovation to improve academic achievement for high-need students, and for a rigorous evaluation so that others may learn from its results.

"For too long, the one-size-fits-all approach to education has failed too many students," said Secretary DeVos. "Through the EIR program, grantees have the opportunity to rethink education and approach student learning in new ways. I'm excited to see states, school districts and nonprofits proposing more creativity, innovation and personalization on behalf of students."

In addition to promoting innovation generally, the awards include over $30 million to eight grantees serving rural areas and over $78 million to 29 grantees focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Over 85% of the funded STEM projects include a specific focus on computer science.

The EIR program is authorized under Section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, and is administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

State Grantee FY19 Award Amount
AL Alabama State Department of Education $2,381,949
AZ Center for the Future of Arizona $2,118,752
CA New Teacher Center $8,659,037
CA Pasadena Unified School District $2,764,774
CA San Diego Unified School District $1,928,782
CA San Francisco Unified School District $2,271,114
CA Small School Districts' Association $1,989,724
CA The Regents of the University of California, Irvine $2,594,705
CO BSCS Science Learning $4,941,454
CT Sacred Heart University $2,104,621
DC American Institutes for Research $5,472,348
DC Smithsonian Institution $2,137,719
FL Putnam County School District $2,557,855
FL Seminole County Public Schools $2,201,369
IL Community Unit School District 60 $2,171,699
IL Computer Science Teachers Association LLC $3,015,767
IL Lumity $2,489,370
IN University of Indianapolis $4,858,773
KS University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. $4,633,331
KY Green River Regional Educational Cooperative $2,835,449
LA Louisiana Department of Education $3,031,226
LA Louisiana State University $2,308,115
MA Education Development Center, Inc. $2,493,595
MA Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. $3,175,344
MA Tufts University $2,926,243
MA Worcester Polytechnic Institute $4,980,445
MS Scott County School District $3,754,677
NC Iredell-Statesville Schools $2,176,977
ND Touro College $1,493,857
NE Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska Lincoln $2,177,752
NE Educational Service Unit 2 $2,400,000
NJ Center for Supportive Schools $2,081,943
NY New York Hall of Science $2,899,819
OH The Ohio State University $5,024,930
RI Rhode Island Department of Education $2,510,111
TX IDEA Public Schools $2,636,705
TX National Math and Science Initiative $3,084,571
VA Old Dominion University Research Foundation $2,384,051
VA The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia $2,756,804
VA Winchester School Board $2,502,734
WA Code.org $2,467,808