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Charter Schools Program Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

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CFDA Number: 84.282M
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Charter Management Organization competition

What's New

2015 New Charter School Program Awards Announced!

On September 28, 2015, the Department announced new grants totaling more than $157 million through its Charter Schools Program (CSP). This year’s Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools awarded over $32 million to 12 high-quality charter management organizations (CMOs) that serve students from low-income families. Since the charter school program’s inception, the Department has invested over $3 billion in the charter school sector, and worked to strengthen accountability and quality of charter schools that are creating opportunities for students facing challenging circumstances. For more information about these awards, please visit the press release and Awards section.

In addition, on September 28, 2015, the Department released a Dear Colleague letter to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) that offers guidance and federal resources on appropriate and effective oversight of public charter schools. download files PDF (313 KB)

Program Description

The purpose of the Charter Schools Program (CSP) is to increase the national understanding of the charter school model by (1) expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and (2) by evaluating the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff and parents.

Under the Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools competition, the CSP awards grants to eligible applicants, including non-profit charter management organizations. Eligible applicants must have demonstrated success, including success in increasing student academic achievement.

Grant funds may be used to expand enrollment of one or more existing charter schools by substantially increasing the number of available seats per school, or to open one or more new charter schools based on the model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success.

Last Modified: 09/28/2015