$6 million for Charter School Development in Wisconsin

State Superintendent Tony Evers has made available $6 million in federal charter school grants.

Grants totaling $4.5 million will go for planning activities in 23 charter schools that have already been approved by their local school board or authorizing authority, says a press release by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Five of the grants are going to districts that are without charter schools.

Five grants, totaling $625,000, will support the expansion of successful charter school models.

Another seven grants, totaling $875,000, will help charter schools that are in the second year dissemination activities.

“Planning grant proposals in this round of funding are for a mix of innovative charter schools,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “This is just what the charter school law promotes: local solutions to serve students and their families.”

The grants can be used for a number of activities that include professional development, orientation and training, and acquisition of educational materials and supplies.

Grants were awarded to proposals that outlined –

– A vision or mission for the charter school.

– Described the curriculum and instructional model to be used.

– Specified the grades to be served in the new school and the levels of autonomy for the charter school’s governing board.

The 12 dissemination grants will support the continued development and replication of successful charter schools.

“Funding can be used to assist other groups in the planning and start up of one or more new charter schools and for developing partnerships, curriculum materials, assessments, or evaluation materials that document successful practices designed to improve student achievement. Dissemination grants are targeted specifically to developing a product or service to support or expand charter schools.”

These charter schools must employ licensed teachers, involve parents, administer statewide tests, and comply with federal regulations that govern all public schools, says the press release.

Wisconsin is among the top 10 charter school states in the nation for the number of charter schools in operation. There were 206 charter schools operating in Wisconsin during the 2010-11 school year, serving 36,971 students. The 2011-12 school year will open with 236 charter schools. The 30 new schools opening this year received charter implementation grants totaling $5.9 million earlier this summer, says the press release.

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