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Charter School Leadership Grant Competition Announced
The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) has announced a $3.5 million leadership grant competition for national activities projects, with a priority focus on high-quality charter schools in urban or rural areas “in which a large proportion or number of public schools have been identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.”
According to the announcement in the Federal Register (link), the CSP estimates it will award between five and seven grants ranging in size from $250,000 to $750,000 per year. Projects addressing this priority should be research-based and demonstrate effective practices in one or more of the following areas:
- The dissemination of information on the implementation of school turnaround and restart models in charter schools and information on best practices for turning around a state's persistently lowest-achieving schools under Title I.
- Opening new charter schools in the vicinity of schools closed as a consequence of a local educational agency (LEA) implementing a restructuring plan under ESEA requirements, or schools identified as persistently lowest-achieving, provided this is done in coordination with the LEA.
- The identification and replication of high-performing charter schools in “high-need communities,” as this term is defined by ESEA.
- The creation and dissemination of models for high-quality authorizing practices that hold charter schools accountable for increasing student achievement and that provide for their closure if they do not raise achievement.
- Activities that improve the academic performance of African-American students, Hispanic students, students with disabilities, English learners, or children from low-income families.
- Recruitment, training, ongoing professional development, and retention of highly qualified teachers, including highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent college graduates who have not majored in education, as teachers in charter schools meeting ESEA’s definition of a “high-need” school.
- Increasing public or private funding options for charter school facilities and access to existing public school buildings.
Deadlines are as follows:
- Applications Available: March 23, 2010.
- Date of Pre-Application Meeting: April 8, 2010.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 14, 2010.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 12, 2010.
For more information, contact Richard Payton, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W225, Washington, DC 20202-5970, (202) 453-7698, email@example.com.