The network will receive $4 million over the course of five years under the department’s Education Innovation and Research Early-Phase Program, according to an Oct. 8 news release from IDEA.
IDEA Public Schools operates 96 campuses in Texas and Louisiana, including one that opened in Kyle in August 2018 and currently services grades K-8. A campus in Round Rock is under construction.
“IDEA Public Schools is thrilled to have received the Education Innovation and Research grant,” JoAnn Gama, co-founder, president and superintendent of the organization in the release. “STEM is a part of our future, but the present pipeline is insufficient to meet the workforce demand.”
The proposal the network submitted to the department for the award covered a plan to scale an educative math curriculum and AP computer science classes as well as a pilot for a high school work-study program in Austin and San Antonio.