Innovation (I3) Fund

In a FY 2011 budget that freezes non-defense discretionary expenditures, the Department of Education has attracted some attention for being one of the few places in the federal government that would attract an increase in funding if the plan is enacted. But the old stuff in the administration’s proposal is at least as interesting as what’s new. The budget foresees about a $3 billion increase overall for the department, a 6 percent rise over the FY 2010 request. More money for K-12 programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), more recently known as No Child Left Beh

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Pop quiz: You read a draft notice for a federal grant program containing the terms, “internal validity,” “quasi-experimental,” “regression discontinuity,” and “interrupted time series.” The program in question is: a)      A CDC program to fund pre-development of the porcupine flu vaccine b)      An FDA program to spur commercialization of an at-home test for polonium in your food c)      A NASA program to support design of a low-cost module that will allow humans to populate Venus d)      A Department of Education program designed to support and scale innovation in K-12 education Answer: d).

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