U.S. Department of Education Awards $39.7 Million in Grants to Expand High Quality Charter Schools

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $39.7 Million in Grants to Expand High Quality Charter Schools

October 8, 2014

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.

See below for the list of grantees and Year 1 amounts for each grant program:

Planning, Program Design, and Implementation Grantees


Name

State

Year 1 Funding

Freire Charter School Wilmington, Inc.

DE

$189,000

Foundations College Prep School

IL

$200,000

Great Lakes Academy

IL

$246,625

Noble Network of Charter Schools

IL

$129,080

Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

MD

$308,270

The Franklin School of Innovation, Inc

NC

$195,285

Bend International School

OR

$247,900

KairosPDX

OR

$219,527

Kids Unlimited of Oregon

OR

$225,000

Hill House Passport Academy Charter School

PA

$208,663

Roberto Clemente Elementary Charter School

PA

$297,450

Excel Public Charter School

WA

$200,000

First Place Scholars

WA

$200,000

PRIDE Prep Schools

WA

$250,000

Rainier Prep

WA

$249,860

SOAR Academies

WA

$222,746

Total

 

$3,589,406

Replication and Expansion of High Quality Charter Schools Grantees


Name

State

Year  1 Funding

Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools

CA

$2,345,950

Aspire Public Schools

CA

$3,272,926

Green Dot Public Schools

CA

$7,372,552

KIPP Foundation in Consortium with KIPP Regions

CA

$13,789,074

Great Oaks Foundation, Inc.

NY

$750,000

Success Academy Charter Schools

NY

$2,234,500

Rhode Island Mayoral Academy Blackstone Valley

RI

$429,400

Gestalt Community Schools

TN

$1,712,402

IDEA Public Schools

TX

$150,938

LEAD Public Schools, Inc.

TN

$1,400,000

YES Prep Public Schools

TX

$2,671,163

Total

 

$36,128,905