The U.S. Department of Education announced today new grants totaling more than $157 million through its Charter Schools Program (CSP), which funds the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation.
Since the program’s inception, the Department has invested over $3 billion in the charter school sector, and worked to strengthen accountability and quality of charter schools that are creating opportunities for students facing challenging circumstances.
These grants have had a major impact on the nation’s charter school sector. During the 2013–14 school year, for example, nearly half of the nation’s public charter schools benefited from CSP investments. Today’s announcement follows a period of significant growth, as well as academic and operational improvement, within the charter sector. Educators are leading innovative, community-based public charter schools that educate almost 3 million students across the country. The Department is proud to support high-quality public charter schools, especially those that are creating pathways to college, credentials and careers for low-income students and first-generation college-goers.
“All students have the right to an education that prepares them for college and their careers, and we’re thrilled that a growing number of charter schools create opportunities for students to achieve just that,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “In particular, we are excited to see so many high-quality charter management organizations focused on replicating successful models in high-needs communities. As we celebrate charter schools that help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, we must continue empowering educators to create great schools while holding ourselves to the highest possible standards of excellence.” Read the official release here.
Uplift Education was awarded $10.3 million over five years.
The five-year grant from the Charter Schools Program (CSP) was awarded to applicants who have demonstrated success, including success in increasing student academic achievement. The Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) has analyzed Uplift’s academic success and reported that performance is above national averages in reading and math and above average for all schools in the CSGF 40-charter portfolio.
With these funds, Uplift will be able to expand our impact on the highest-need scholars by replicating eleven new schools and expanding enrollment in eleven existing schools adding just over 4,000 high-quality seats.
In addition, internal and external evaluation will substantiate the impact of Uplift’s “IB for all” model and our ability to scholar high personal academic and operational model to more than 20,000 scholars with fidelity.