Charter Schools

The program supports startup of new charter schools and the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools.

Charter schools increase educational options for parents and students and, in exchange for stricter academic accountability, are exempt from many statutory and regulatory requirements.

Funds also support State efforts to improve charter schools' access to facilities.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education, Florida Department Of $ 18,330,002   2020-10-012021-09-30
Acadia Academy $ 299,988   2020-10-012021-09-30
Opportunity 180 $ 4,189,643   2020-10-012021-09-30
All Football Club Lancaster Lions Corporation $ 592,499   2020-10-012021-09-30
Learning Point Alaska, Inc. $ 561,077   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education Agency, Texas $ 23,222,036   2020-10-012021-09-30
New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association A Nj Nonprofit Corporation $ 15,764,450   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education, California Department Of $ 9,761,110   2020-10-012021-09-30
South Carolina Department Of Education $ 1,911,781   2020-10-012021-09-30
Pennsylvania Coalition Of Public Charter Schools $ 4,403,334   2020-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

State entities receiving grants make subgrants to charter school developers to open new charter schools or replicate or expand high-quality charter schools; if an eligible State entity does not receive a grant, charter school developers in the State may apply directly to the Secretary for funding.

Charter management organizations receiving grants use funds for replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools.

Charter school developers and charter management organizations receive up to 5 years of assistance, of which they may use not more than 18 months for planning and program design, and may use funds for such activities as preparing educators, acquiring supplies and equipment, carrying out necessary facility renovations excluding construction, establishing student transportation systems, and carrying out community engagement activities. States may also receive grants to establish and administer per-pupil facilities aid programs for charter schools.

Due to non-supplanting requirements, applicants for per-pupil facilities aid program grants must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563.

For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202)708-7770. Competitions are announced in the Federal Register.

Specific limitations and restrictions for each competition are provided in the Federal Register notice.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State entities, including State educational agencies, State charter school boards, Governors, and statewide charter school organizations, in States in which State law authorizes charter schools are eligible.

If no State entity in a State receives a grant, charter school developers in the State that have applied to an authorized public chartering authority to operate a charter school, and provided adequate and timely notice to that authority, may apply directly to the Secretary.

Charter management organizations with experience operating or managing high-quality quality schools are also separately eligible for grants.

Lastly, States are eligible for grants for charter school per-pupil facilities aid programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

School administrators, teachers, and students and their parents are beneficiaries.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Contact the program office for application information. Application notices are published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Contact the Headquarters Office as listed below for this information.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title V Part C.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

To receive continuation funding, grantees must demonstrate substantial progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of their project. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants and subgrants are awarded for a period of not more than 5 years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As part of the continuation funding process, grantees must submit performance reports annually.

Final performance reports must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the grant award period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Records must be maintained for 3 years after the fiscal year in which the expenditure was made by the grantee, or until the grantee is notified of the completion of the Federal fiscal audit. In all cases of audit questions, records must be maintained until resolution has occurred.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $304,961,000; FY 17 est $303,244,000; and FY 18 est $410,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of awards: $100,000 - $45,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Stefan Huh Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: stefan.huh@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-6384

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are contained in program statute and regulations. Contact the program office for more information.


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