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Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance

  • Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), Section 5201 - 5211 (20 U.S.C. 7221-7221)
  • Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. No. 113-235) download files PDF (1.47 KB)
  • Charter School Program Assurances for State Educational Agencies download files MS Word (42KB)

  • 2015 Notice of Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria; Charter Schools Program Grants to State Educational Agencies (80 FR 34201)
  • Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
  • Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200)
  • Uniform Guidance Technical Assistance for Grantees (Uniform Guidance TA)


Nonregulatory Guidance

  • Dear Colleague Letter – Guidance Regarding the Oversight of Charter Schools Program and Regulatory Requirements, Including the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (August 2016) download files PDF (226 KB)
  • Dear Colleague Letter - Guidance and Federal Resources on Appropriate and Effective Oversight of Public Charter Schools. (September 2015) download files PDF (317 KB)
  • Charter Schools Program Nonregulatory Guidance (updated January 2014) download files MS Word (203 KB)
  • CSP Guidance On the Use of Funds to Support Preschool Education (December 2014) download files MS Word (45KB)
  • Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity and Avoid Racial Isolation in Elementary and Secondary Schools (December 2011) download files PDF (168KB)
  • Guidance Letter on Lottery Exemptions and Awards to Multiple Charter Schools Operating under a Single Charter (February 2008) download files PDF (1.4 MB)
  • Title I Requirements on Charter Schools Non-Regulatory Guidance (July 2004) download files MS Word (739KB)
  • Allocating Funds to Charter Schools (December 2000) download files PDF (544 KB)

Application Guidance

  • Notice Inviting Application - SEA Charter Schools Program Grant (CFDA 84.282A)
    • 2015 download files PDF(237 KB)
    • 2011 download files PDF (68 KB)
    • 2010 download files PDF (68 KB)
    • 2009 download files PDF (198 KB)
  • Pre-application Technical Assistance

*For up to date information on this grant program and any future or current notices please visit and search under CFDA 84.282 for current opportunities.

Last Modified: 01/09/2019