The Charter Blog

2017 Charter School Grants Implement ESSA Flexibility—Finally!

Almost two years after the reauthorization of ESEA, improvements made to the Charter Schools Program (CSP) in response to our advocacy are finally going into effect. On September 28, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the first round of CSP Grants to State Entities, as well as Replication and Expansion Grants (CMO), and Credit Enhancement facilities funding.

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Charter School Program (CSP) Funding Update from Washington

President Trump and Congress agreed to extend current government funding through December 8th, but where does that leave education priorities for this year and next? The House and Senate have both made progress in moving legislation that includes FY18 funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP)—the House passed legislation that includes $370 million and the Senate bill includes $367.2 million. Both figures are higher than the FY17 level of $342.2 million and represent a large increase in a year where many other domestic programs experienced severe cuts. While the final funding level will not be known until at least early December, the early increase proposals bode well for the CSP which continues to see bi-partisan supported increases in funding in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

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Posted in Federal Government

Three Things Charter School Leaders Should Know About ESSA

The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in nearly 14 years, was a major accomplishment for Congress and the Obama Administration. ESSA gives states a much more prominent role, so now comes the hard part to a state capitol near you –implementation!

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We Support John B. King for Secretary of Education

Today the Senate is holding a confirmation hearing for Dr. John B. King to become the U.S. Secretary of Education. Dr. King has been acting Secretary since Arne Duncan stepped down from the role last October. Dr. King has rich experience that makes him exceptionally deserving to lead the U.S. Department of Education, including roles as Principal Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education.

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Posted in Federal Government

Dear Presidents, We Thank You for Supporting Charter Schools

It’s been 25 years since the passage of the first charter school law in 1991. When Bill Clinton was sworn in as President in 1993, only Minnesota and California had passed charter school laws. When President Clinton left the office in 2001, there were 1,941 charter schools in operation.

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President Shows a Strong Commitment to Charter Schools in FY2017 Budget

President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes $350 million for the Charter Schools Program. This is a 5 percent increase over the $333 million included in the FY2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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National Alliance Provides Comments on ESSA Implementation

On January 11, National Alliance Senior Policy Advisor Christy Wolfe joined a group of other education experts in providing the U.S. Department of Education (ED) with advice on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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National Alliance Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, responded to the speech, saying: 

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States: Give Families More Options and Power

Education Next recently ran a forum for education policy experts to express their hopes for how states should approach policy decision during Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation. National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees weighed in, and while she applauded the continued requirement for states test, disaggregate, and report student assessment data, she also notes the need for states to devise new accountability systems now that ESSA has overturned many No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates.

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Charter Schools Program Receives Significant Funding Increase in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is the only federal funding stream dedicated to help new charter schools open, replicate and expand the most successful charter school models, and support the financing of charter school facilities. The CSP, which provides crucial support for the quality growth of the charter school movement, received almost a 32 percent funding increase ($80 million) for fiscal year 2016 in the omnibus appropriations spending bill introduced this week.

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