The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently launched a union-led, private foundation-supported initiative to fund and implement public school innovations. One of the priorities for the first round of grants is out-of-school factors that impact learning. Contributing the first $2.8 million for the initial set of grants were the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, among others. Phase one applications are due May 25, but there will be additional rounds in the future, AFT says. Watch a video and read about the announcement.