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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:33am

Deal Awards Education Innovation Grants

Updated: 5 years ago.
This grants Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday for education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math are the second round of winners from the Innovation Fund Deal set up last year. (Photo Courtesy of ywell via stock.xchng.)

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced 11 new winners of money from the state's Race to the Top federal grant.

Deal launched the $19 million Innovation Fund competition after Georgia won $400 million last year from the U.S. Department of Education. The money is aimed at schools and programs that focus on STEM subjects — or science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

The winners announced Wednesday include a partnership between Murray County school district and Georgia Northwestern Technical College to open a STEM academy, a program at the University of Georgia that helps train early career principals at low-performing schools, and an alliance of educational institutions that want to create a STEM charter school in Cobb County.

This is the second round of winners from the Innovation Fund.