September 29, 2011: The U.S. Department of Education announced this week charter school grants totaling $25 million to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools that have demonstrated success. The grants will serve nearly 45,000 students in 124 new and 3 expanded charter schools over the next five years.
- Alliance College-Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles currently operates 20 middle and high schools. With the grant funds, it plans to open 10 new schools.
- KIPP, which stands for Knowledge Is Power Program, received grants to open schools in multiple states, including three new middle school campuses in Los Angeles.
- Rocketship Education received grants to open schools in Oakland, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Chicago.
Read the Department of Education press release and see a full list of grant recipients.
"Several high-quality charter schools across the country are making an amazing difference in our children's lives, especially when charters in inner-city communities are performing as well, if not better, than their counterparts in much wealthier suburbs," Duncan said. "Every one of our grantees serves a student population that is majority low-income and virtually all exceed the average academic performance for all students in their state."
The Administration will invest more than $250 million this year to assist in the planning and implementation of public charter schools and dissemination of their successful practices through the Charter School Grants Program. In addition, the President's fiscal year 2012 budget requests $372 million for Expanding Educational Options, which includes grants for supporting effective charter schools.