MN’s charters schools to get a boost from federal grants, with maybe more to come

Sep 29, 2017 by

Minnesota is getting $22 million in federal funds to improve and expand the state’s charter schools and could be in line for even more funding in the next federal budget.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday recipients in the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program. More than $253 million will go to nine state agencies, 17 existing charter networks and six new charter organizations.

“These grants will help supplement state-based efforts to give students access to more options for their education,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement.

These are new grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which was approved by Congress in 2015 to replace the No Child Left Behind law. Both pieces of legislation are iterations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which sets federal expectations and funding for public schools, and was first approved in 1965.

In addition to the $22 million going to the Minnesota Department of Education, Hiawatha Academies, which operates schools in Minneapolis, was awarded a $1 million grant.

DeVos is also recommending Congress’ next budget include even more support for charter schools. If DeVos’ recommendations are followed, charter schools nationwide could receive nearly $500 million in federal support in the coming years.

Source: MN’s charters schools to get a boost from federal grants, with maybe more to come – Twin Cities

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