Evidence-based policy made an appearance on the campaign trail this week, with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee pledging to double funding for the new version of i3 — called the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. According the campaign:
Hillary will build on the Administration’s initiative by launching the next generation of Investing in Innovation (“i3”) grants—as sustained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as the Education Innovation and Research Program. She will double our investment in the program, and establish a 50 percent set-aside for scaling CS Education innovations. These new computer science grants (“CS-i3 grants”) will help scale instruction and lesson programs that are demonstrated to improve student achievement or increase college enrollment and completion in CS Ed fields—helping us prepare the diverse tech workforce of tomorrow.
There are no signs yet of a similar pledge among the public positions of the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, but he has said he will work with House Speaker Paul Ryan on an anti-poverty plan that strongly features evidence-based strategies.
- K-12 Education Bill Advances Evidence-based Policy, Replaces i3 (December 7, 2015)