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Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies (SEA) Grant

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CFDA Number: 84.282A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Charter Schools, Public Charter Schools Program, CSP

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 state educational agencies (SEA) grant program awarded $125 million in new grants to eight states. The funding will enable them to run state-level grant competitions to support approximately 400 new and expanded public charter schools. 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 SEAs that offers guidance and federal resources on appropriate and effective oversight of public charter schools. download files PDF (317 KB)

Program Description

The purpose of the 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.

The Secretary awards grants to SEAs on a competitive basis to enable them to conduct charter school programs in their States. SEAs use their CSP funds to award subgrants to non-SEA eligible applicants in their State. These subgrants are used for two primary purposes: (1) planning, program design, and initial implementation of new charter schools; and (2) dissemination of information, including best practices, by charter schools open at least three consecutive years with demonstrated success in several areas, as specified by statute.

For more information on eligible SEAs, please click here.

Last Modified: 11/24/2015