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November 21, 2013 The U.S. Department of Education recently announced its 25 highest rated Investing in Innovation (i3) grant applications under the FY2013 competition. The focus on innovation makes the i3 competition a logical fit for charter schools.

The San Francisco Bay Area Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit, special education and mental health services provider, proposes to partner with a mix of charter and district schools, including Education for Change, which runs several charter schools in Oakland, and the Lighthouse Community Charter School to implement their Unconditional Education program. Rather than focus efforts on a single counselor or only a handful of staff, the program provides academic, behavioral, and social-emotional intervention training to the entire school community and will serve schools with large percentages of high-risk youth.

Other educational institutions include University Public Schools, a network of charter schools in Arizona, charter schools partnering with the Children's Aid Society in New York City, and to Expeditionary Learning in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

Read more about the grants on the National Alliance for Charter Schools blog.

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