The group will present its recommendations on gun violence, mental health issues, and other policies in time for the president's January State of the Union speech.
The 16 winners must now work with the U.S. Department of Education to write detailed plans that will turn their ideas into reality.
The four models already offered under the program call for bold action at troubled schools, which is what's needed, said a top department official.
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that, collectively, the 20 Investing in Innovation winners secured $16 million from private donors.
The Investing in Innovation grant program—one of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's marquee initiatives—would get a makeover under a proposed set of new priorities released Friday.
Among 22 mid-size federal agencies, the Education Department ranked 18th in job satisfaction in 2012, according to a new survey.
Three charter school districts are among the winners of the $400 million Race to the Top district contest.
Districts that get federal impact aid have been preparing for the prospect of automatic budget cuts for months, but the cuts would still hurt.
Organizations around Washington are taking different tacks in trying to persuade lawmakers to spare K-12 from a possible 8.2 percent across-the-board cut come January.
Questions persist in the Education Department's $400 million district Race to the Top contest, including how Education Secretary Arne Duncan will ultimately pick the winners.