Washington corner: What’s to come for the i3 Fund?

Lauren Gibbs explains the U.S. Department of Education’s revolutionary Investing in Innovation Fund and makes the case for its continuation

Prologue

In early 2007, I accompanied Dr. Robert Slavin, director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education, to Capitol Hill where he testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on education funding. At the time, he boldly made the case for a large-scale investment in the development, validation, and scale up of research-based education programs. The ideas were acknowledged as noble and worthwhile, but his proposal to fund the effort at $100 million per year was considered out of touch with the budgetary realities faced by Congress.

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Published

June 2010