A new statewide Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky was announced by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The fund aims to build private-public partnerships and raise money to support innovation in education, rewarding and incentivizing teachers and schools to find new ways to improve student learning, KYForward.com reports. The new nonprofit that will start by partnering with the Kentucky Department of Education to administer two recent grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation totaling nearly $3 million. The first grant will help establish teacher networks and forums so innovative teachers “connect” around the state to share promising ideas for improving student outcomes…

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