U.S. DOE Grants Aid in Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools
October 6, 2017

Recently announced grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education will enable nine state entities and 17 charter management organizations to expand high-quality public charter school options in their states. The annual Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants total $253 million for the creation of new charter schools, replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools, and support for facilities costs.

As one of nine state entity recipients, the Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board plans to use grant funds to open 15 new charter schools in the next five years and ensure all Mississippi charter schools achieve either an “A” or “B” rating or improve two letter grades by their third year of operation. The Authorizer Board will receive $15 million over five years, the majority of which will support start-up funds for future charter schools. A small percentage of grant funds will also support technical assistance for new and operating charter schools and the Authorizer Board.

“We are thrilled to support the Authorizer Board as they continue to grow the public charter school network in Mississippi and strengthen public education for all students,” said Rachel Canter, executive director of PIE Network member Mississippi First.

The Authorizer Board recently approved Mississippi’s fifth charter school, which will be the first charter school to open outside of the state’s capital. Find Mississippi First’s full statement on CSP grant funds here.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) congratulated recipients of the “critical” grants, while also recognizing that grant funding falls “far short” of need.

“We urge the administration and Congress to work together to boost the amount of CSP funding available to meet the demand for more and better public school options,” said Nina Rees, NAPCS President and CEO.  Find the full NAPCS statement here.

Find the full list of CSP grant recipients here. To connect with advocates at Mississippi First or NAPCS, please reach out.

    Ryan Cantrell

    Ryan is PIE Network's Senior Director, Charters, Choice, and Political Engagement

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