U.S. Department of Education Grants $217 Million to New York, Florida Over Five Years To Boost School Choice

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Posted: July 25, 2011
States: Florida, New York

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded New York and Florida grants totaling more than $217 million over five years to increase school choice options.

New York is awarded $28.2 million in the first year of the grant, with the five-year amount totaling more than $113 million. Florida is awarded $21.4 million in the first year of the grant, with the five-year amount totaling more than $104 million.

The grants come through the U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program’s state educational agency (SEA) competition, which provides funds to states to create new high-quality charter schools and disseminate information about existing charters. The purpose of the Charter Schools Program is to increase financial support and build a better national understanding of public charter schools, while expanding the number of high-quality public charter schools.

New York plans to use its funding to provide incentives to open schools that serve high-needs students, replicate and expand schools and networks that have proven results, and turn around the lowest performing schools, according to an announcement from the state. The state also plans to enhance collaboration among charter school authorizers.

Florida plans to fund dozens of new charter schools each year over the five years, with a focus on new schools in places with the lowest achieving public schools, according to the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice. The state also has proposed seven dissemination grants focusing on topics such as teacher evaluation systems, local instructional improvement systems, and improving graduation rates.