Secretary DeVos Awards $65 Million to Create and Expand Public Charter Schools in Areas of Greatest Need

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Secretary DeVos Awards $65 Million to Create and Expand Public Charter Schools in Areas of Greatest Need

April 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today $65 million in new grant awards that will fund the creation and expansion of more than 100 high-quality public charter schools in underserved communities across the country. Through the Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (Charter Schools Program, or CSP), more students will have the opportunity to move off waitlists into schools of their choice.

"There are hundreds of thousands of kids on charter school wait lists across America, hoping for the opportunity to access an education that will help them reach their full potential," said Secretary DeVos. "These critical investments in high-quality charter schools will help make that dream a reality for more students. The current educational disruptions are making crystal clear that students need more options and more flexibility to help find their right fit and shape their future success. The investments we are making today are truly investments in our nation's future."

The Charter Schools Program awards grants competitively to the highest quality proposals, as evaluated by independent peer reviewers. This year's competition awarded funds to 13 different Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) which propose to replicate or expand over 100 high-quality public charter schools in eight states over the next several years.

Over 95% of the funding will go towards public charter schools in Qualified Opportunity Zones. Currently, more than 70% of Opportunity Zones lack a public charter school option for families. By creating and expanding high-quality public charter schools in Opportunity Zones, more families living in economically distressed communities will have the freedom to choose the educational option that's best suited to their child's needs.

The list of awardees is as follows:

Name of Charter Management OrganizationStateAmount
IDEA Public SchoolsTX$8.1 million
YES Prep Public Schools, Inc.TX$9.5 million
Citizens of the World Charter Schools - Los AngelesCA$1.7 million
Grimmway SchoolsCA$1.9 million
Resurgence Hall, Inc.GA$1.3 million
Great Oaks Legacy Charter SchoolNJ$1.8 million
Pioneer Charter School of Science IIMA$0.9 million
Responsive Education SolutionsTX$14.0 million
Chicago Charter School FoundationIL$1.6 million
Fortune School of EducationCA$1.1 million
Mater Academy, Inc.FL$19.2 million
Pataula Charter Academy, Inc.GA$0.8 million
Achievement First, Inc.CT$3.5 million
Total $65.4 million

The CSP is authorized under Title IV, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. To learn more about the CSP, please visit oese.ed.gov. To learn more about upcoming funding opportunities offered by the U.S. Department of Education, please visit our grants forecast.