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U.S. Department of Education Awards $39.7 Million in Grants to Expand High Quality Charter Schools
The U.S. Department of Education announced 27 new grants today totaling $39.7 million under the Charter Schools Program (CSP) to expand high quality charter schools, and open new charter schools across the nation. These grants will support charter schools’ efforts to increase high-need students’ success, especially in underserved areas, in 12 states.
“These charter school grants will help open new charter schools and expand or replicate those with a record of success to help ensure that every student has access to high-quality educational opportunities that prepare them for college, careers and life,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
These grants are awarded by two CSP programs: one program is focused on helping high-performing charter management organizations open new charter schools, and the other program supports new charter schools located in states that do not have a state-level CSP subgrant program. This year’s competitions included a focus on charter schools that serve geographies designated under President Obama’s Promise Zones initiative, as well as promoting diversity and supporting military families.
These 27 grantees are part of the Department’s broader effort to support charter schools that are driving students’ achievement. In the 2014 Fiscal Year, the U.S. Department of Education invested more than $220 million to support new and existing high-quality charter schools and the dissemination of their successful efforts.