Education Fund Launches with $3 Million in Grants

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A non-profit foundation that will support innovative teaching approaches in Kentucky's public schools will launch this week using nearly $3 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to administer the grants. They will finance programs to help teachers across the commonwealth share new ideas and collaborate on assignments in subject areas such science and math, in an effort to boost student achievement.

The foundation is comprised of business, education and government leaders and is headed by Paducah businessman Billy Harper. Harper said Monday that the foundation will continue to raise money to fund more programs that support innovative teaching. He said Colorado is the only other state with a similar partnership.

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