U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.5 Million in Charter School Leadership Grants to Support Projects of National Significance in the Charter School Sector

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.5 Million in Charter School Leadership Grants to Support Projects of National Significance in the Charter School Sector

September 27, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of 5 Charter Schools Program 2010 National Leadership Activities grants, totaling $3.5 million to non-profit organizations for projects of national significance to improve charter school quality across the country.

“Charter schools have an important role to play in the overall strategy of successful school reform," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grantees will address national issues important to charter schools and disseminate information about policies and practices, which provide the best charter school options for students.”

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 Schools Program. President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2011 budget request includes a $54 million increase in the Charter Schools Program, providing $310 million and representing another step toward meeting the administration's commitment to double financial support for the program during the President’s term.

The purpose of the Charter Schools Program is to increase financial support for the startup and expansion of 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: www.ed.gov/programs/charter/index.html.

Note to Editors: Following is a list of grantees by state and grant award amount for the first year of the grant followed by grantee contact information.

GranteeFY10 Award
Arizona Charter Schools Association (AZCSA)
Project description: Develop a replicable and sustainable charter school start-up model that incorporates key indicators of a successful school leader, as well as best practices for schools serving high percentages of low-income, Native American, or Hispanic students
Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association (CEI-PEA)
Project description: Build the capacity of charter schools to implement effective academic and operational programs and meet accountability requirements; Improve professional development and evaluation for charter school teachers
Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS)
Project description: Assess potential for developing new charters in at least three communities and help develop charter support groups and charter design teams in those communities; Disseminate project tools, practices, and results to states with a similar charter law
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
Project description: Document the effective policies and practices of model authorizers; Develop a comprehensive research-based set of integrated policies and practices; Pilot model authorizer practices at four demonstration sites; Disseminate promising practices to audiences with direct authority to influence change in charter school authorizing
Project description: Develop eight innovative online learning modules for charter school teachers to implement research-based instructional practices; Make these modules available to all charter schools nationwide in an online, self-guided format; Help charter support organizations build expertise in facilitating online learning
Grant ContactPhoneEmail
AZCSA: Eileen Sigmund(602) 944-0644 eileen@azcharters.org
CEI-PEA: Frank San Felice(212) 302-8800 fsanfelice@cei-pea.org
INCS: Andrew Broy(312) 235-0798 abroy@incschools.org
NACSA: Greg Richmond(312) 376-2311 gregr@qualitycharters.org
WestEd: Sarah Feldman(415) 615-3372 sfeldma@wested.org