Jeffco school employees can apply for a piece of a $1 million fund that will pay for an innovative idea for improving education in the district.
The Jefferson County school board last week approved shifting $1 million from the district’s rainy day fund to an innovation pool that will be used to provide grants to launch the new ideas.
The board had reservations about the plan, which was proposed by the new superintendent, Jason Glass, in November, as part of a discussion about ways to encourage innovation and choice in the district. The board was concerned about how quickly the process was set to start, whether there was better use of the money, and how they might play a role in the process.
Glass conceded that the idea was an experiment and that pushing ahead so quickly might create some initial problems.
“This effort is going to be imperfect because it’s the first time that we’ve done it and we don’t really know how it’s going to turn out,” Glass said. “There are going to be problems and there are going to be things we learn from this. It’s sort of a micro experiment. We’re going to learn a lot about how to do this.”
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