OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Oakland Unified School District is among the 23 recipients of an Investing in Innovation grant. More than 600 school districts applied for the federal funds, which OUSD plans to use to improve education goals for high school students.

“This grant money is going to be used to build the district’s current and also our long-term capacity to support and prepare students for post-secondary success,” spokesman Troy Flint explained how the district planned to apply the $2.9 million it was receiving.

Specifically, the district will first conduct a diagnostic review that will help them analyze and prioritize their approach and put together a blueprint for how they will attack the problems.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

“Beginning with things like the most basic fact of going to school and building all the way up to creating a pipeline to college,” said Flint.

The district had to come up with 15% in matching funds in order to secure the grant, which was easily accomplished through OUSD’s partnership with The College Board and several foundations.

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