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Applications for $650 million in new federal grants that encourage school innovation will be available in early 2010 and due in the spring, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) said in a conference call with reporters Oct. 6. The department estimates that all money under the program will be committed by Sept. 30, 2010.

ED will collect public comments on the Investing in Innovation (i3) fund for the next...

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