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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:33am

Deal Awards Education Innovation Grants

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.