Madison schools ask for input on how to spend $9.5 million in grants

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MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Metropolitan School District is asking the community how they would spend $9.5 million coming to the district in the next year as part of a grant.

$9.5 million of an $18.9 million Esser II grant awarded to the district is being set aside for the “Big Idea Campaign.” The district calls it a “unique opportunity” to unite and rebuild Madison public schools.

“The Big Idea Campaign is asking the community for their bold, creative and strategic ideas to transform the work of the district so we come back better and thriving as a community,” the district said in a statement.

Submissions are due by April 28th. The district is planning to narrow the pool of applicants down to 20 between May 5th and May 7th.

After that, a “Shark Tank” pitch event will be held in mid-May, with 10 ideas moving on to Phase 2 prototype testing.

More information on what the district is looking for as part of the Big Idea Campaign can be found on the district’s website.