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Somerville schools awarded innovation grants

Posted by Jarret Bencks  February 7, 2013 10:34 AM

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Two Somerville public schools have received $10,000 state grants to used in converting them into "innovation schools," according to an announcement.

The Somerville STEAM Academy, currently the Winter Hill Community School, and the Kennedy Innovation School, currently John F. Kennedy Elementary School, received the grants through the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Established by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2010, innovation schools use charter school-like approaches to education, but keep the funding within public school districts. A total of 44 innovation schools are currently in operation. The grants given to Somerville schools are among a batch of eight for new innovation schools being planned.

Converting the Winter Hill Community School to an innovation school was approved by the Somerville School Committee last year. Converting John F. Kennedy Elementary School is still a proposal, according to the announcement.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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