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Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces Twelve Grants for $50 Million to Charter School Management Organizations


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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced 12 charter school grants totaling $50 million for charter management organizations to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools that have demonstrated success. The Charter School Grant Program competition represents the first time the Department has specifically sought out to replicate and expand the nation's highest-performing charter management organizations. Today's grants will serve 76,000 students in 127 new and 31 expanded charter schools over the next five years.

"Several high-quality charter schools across the country are making an amazing difference in our childrens' lives, especially when charters in inner-city communities are performing as well, if not better, than their counterparts in much wealthier suburbs," Duncan said. "Every one of our grantees serves a student population that is at least 70% low-income and virtually all exceed the average academic performance for all students in their state."

The Administration will invest more than $256 million this year to assist in the planning and implementation of public charter schools and dissemination of their successful practices through the Charter School Grants Program. In addition, the President's fiscal year 2011 budget requests a $54 million increase in the Charter School Grants Program, seeking $310 million and representing another step toward meeting the Administration's commitment to double financial support for the program.

The purpose of the Charter School Grants Program, managed by the Department's Office of Innovation and Improvement, is to increase financial support for these public schools, build a better national understanding of the public charter school model and increase the number of high-quality public charter schools across the nation.

More information about the Charter Schools Program is available from the Education Department's Office of Innovation and Improvement at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/charter/index.html.

Following is a list of grantees by state. The list includes the first-year grant award amount for each grantee.


GranteeFY10 Award
Achievement First
Project description: 14 new schools and 2 expanded schools serving an additional 5,500 students in New Haven, CT, Bridgeport, CT, Hartford, CT, Brooklyn, NY, Providence, RI, and Cranston, RI
$1,675,403
Aspire
Project description: 15 new schools serving an additional 4,500 students in California
$5,587,500
Foundation for a Greater Opportunity
Project description: 1 new school and 3 expanded schools serving an additional 4,000 students in Bronx, NY
$1,483,796
IDEA
Project description: 22 new schools serving an additional 19,000 students in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas
$8,734,617
KIPP Foundation in consortium with KIPP Regions
Project description: 21 new schools and 11 expanded schools serving an additional 15,000 students in Helena, AR, Denver, CO, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Gary, IN, New Orleans, LA, Lynn, MA, Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, and Austin, TX
$14,550,084
LEARN
Project description: 3 new schools and 2 expanded schools serving an additional 1,350 students in Chicago, IL
$1,025,750
Mastery
Project description: 15 new schools serving an 8,500 additional students in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ
$5,130,000
Noble
Project description: 6 new schools and 5 expanded schools serving an additional 5,000 students in Chicago, IL
$3,269,766
Project Yes
Project description: 6 new schools and 2 expanded schools serving an additional 4,000 students in Houston, TX
$2,781,511
Propel
Project description: 4 new schools and 1 expanded school serving an additional 1,800 students in Pittsburgh, PA
$1,149,586
Success
Project description: 13 new schools and 3 expanded schools serving an additional 4,200 students in New York, NY and Bronx, NY
$1,986,987
Uncommon
Project description: 7 new schools and 2 expanded schools serving an additional 3,000 students in Troy, NY, Rochester, NY, and Newark, NJ
$2,625,000
$50,000,000
Grant ContactPhoneEmail
Achievement First
Erica Schwedel
(203) 773-3223 ericaschwedel@achievementfirst.org
Aspire
Mike Barr
(510) 434-5000 mike.barr@aspirepublicschools.org
Foundation for a Greater Opportunity
Julie Goodyear
(212) 702-4353 jgoodyear@sfire.com
IDEA
Susanna Crafton
(956) 377-8224 susanna.crafton@ideapublicschools.org
KIPP Foundation in consortium with KIPP Regions
David Wick
(617) 669-8850 dwick@kipp.org
LEARN
Greg White
(312) 391-6959 gwhite@learncharter.org
Mastery
Courtney Collins-Shapiro
(267) 688-6868 courtney.shapiro@masterycharter.org
Noble
Sara Kandler
(312) 348-1879 skandler@noblenetwork.org
Project Yes
Stephanie Jones
(713) 253-6080 Stephanie.jones@yesprep.org
Propel
Jeremy Resnick
(412) 325-7305 jresnick@propelschools.org
Success
Keri Hoyt
(917) 881-9295 keri.hoyt@successcharters.org
Uncommon
Carolyn Hack
(212) 844-7905 chack@uncommonschools.org