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Baltimore school system among top competitors for federal grant

City a finalist for $3 million i3 grant

By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

November 10, 2011

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The Baltimore school system was among 23 educational organizations from across the nation to be named finalists in a highly competitive U.S. Department of Education program that will dole out nearly $150 million for innovative programming this year.

The city applied for a $3 million Investing in Innovation grant, known as i3 grants, to invest in its Middle School STEM Summer Learning Program, a project-based learning program piloted in the summer of 2010. The city must match 15 percent of the grant from the private sector by Dec. 9 to receive its award.

The city school system was among the highest rated of 600 schools, districts and nonprofit organizations that applied for the i3 program, which started under the Obama administration. Applicants vied for up to $25 million to support initiatives in five priority areas, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, which was added this year.

The Baltimore-based Success For All organization was one of the 23 highest-rated applicants, and also will vie for a $3 million grant.

erica.green@baltsun.com