DeVos Secretary announced more than $ 131 million in new funding to create and expand Public Charter Schools high quality October 2, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press @ ed.gov
  • WASHINGTON - Today, secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced more than $ 131 million in new grant funding to create and expand hundreds of public high-quality charter schools nationwide. Beneficiaries of funding include three associations rental statewide school, five state education agencies, and more than 10 non-profit organizations. Today's announcement will provide relief to millions of American families currently trapped in long waiting lists hoping to attend a public school.

    "The pandemic of the coronavirus has made it clearer than ever that students need the freedom to choose where, when and how they learn," said Secretary of DeVos. "Too many students, particularly the most vulnerable, have fallen behind because the one-size-fits-all systems transition and could not be adapted to suit your needs. One bright spot has been high-quality charter schools, many of which are pivoted quickly and keep the learning going. These grants will help ensure that these high quality options are available to even more students in the future. "

    awarded under the Program Charter Schools (CSP), which is authorized under Part C of Title IV of the Law on Primary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), this funding will help create more places in existing charter schools, the launch of new public charter schools and charter schools have guaranteed access to facilities. The CSP is an effective program, supported -bipartidista that has helped create tens of thousands of new public charter schools since it was first created in 1994.

    More than 90% of the funds will support projects located Opportunity in certified areas. Currently, over 70% of the areas of opportunity lack a public school choice for families. In addition, nearly $ 1 million in funding will support the creation and expansion of public charter schools to meet the Native American communities, a priority for many years for the DeVos secretary.

    The CSP includes several subprograms designed to meet the variety of public charter school needs, including the creation, expansion and access to facilities. Recipients of funds include:

    As with all Department of competitions discretionary grants of Education, funding requests CSP were evaluated by a panel of independent reviewers, and only applications higher score received funds. For more information about charter schools, please visit https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-discretionary-grants-support-services/charter-school-programs/

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