Evers awards $3.3 million in federal charter school grants
MADISON (PRESS RELEASE) — State Superintendent Tony Evers announced $3.3 million in federal charter school grants for implementation activities during the 2010-11 school year.
"These grants will help school districts create the next generation of quality charter schools that provide innovative, rigorous, and relevant instruction to our students, connecting them with real-world experiences," he said. "These charter school implementation grants will help districts get their charter schools up and running."
Wisconsin has solid experience in supporting charter schools and securing federal funding to expand charter schools throughout the state. In 2005, the Department of Public Instruction was awarded a $52 million, three-year federal competitive grant. Then in 2009, Wisconsin won a five-year grant worth $85,951,778 to support quality charter schools. The current allocations for first-year implementation and implementation renewal grants total $3,297,162. Charter school planning grants and dissemination grants, also from the state's 2009 five-year federal grant, will be announced later in August. For the 2010-11 school year, the department is awarding:
•14 implementation grants, totaling $2,850,000, for first-year operations of new charter schools; and
•3 implementation renewal grants, totaling $447,162, for charter schools in the second year of operation.
"We continue to support grants for charter schools that provide enhanced educational opportunities for Wisconsin students," Evers said. "We must continue investing in innovation so that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful, whether they continue their education or enter the workforce."
Charter schools are public schools that are accountable to their authorizing agency for performance measures included in the charter contract. Charter schools must employ licensed teachers, involve parents, administer statewide tests, and comply with federal regulations that govern all public schools. Under state law, school districts can authorize an unlimited number of charter schools. In addition, the City of Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, have authority to charter schools. There were 206 charter schools operating in Wisconsin during the 2009-10 school year, serving 36,100 students.
Charter School Implementation Grants
2010-11 School Year
Appleton Area School District
Hartland Lakeside School District
Highland School District
Milwaukee Public Schools
Minocqua J1 School District
Monona Grove School District
Montello School District
Ripon School District
Verona Area School District
Waukesha School District
Wausau Area School District
Implementation Renewal Awards (3)
Birchwood School District
Black River Falls School District
Wauwatosa School District
Tosa School of the Trades, $175,000
News Release ### NOTE: A list of charter school grants follows. More information about charter schools in Wisconsin can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/csindex.html. This news release is available electronically at http://dpi.wi.gov/eis/pdf/dpinr2010_98.pdf.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DPI-NR 2009-98
Monday, August 2, 2010
Contact: Patrick Gasper, DPI Communications Officer, (608) 266-3559
Black River Area Green School, $175,000
Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School, $97,162
Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership, $175,000
Waukesha STEM Academy, $300,000
Verona Area International School, $150,000
Urban Day Charter School, $325,000
Quest Elementary Charter School, $200,000
High Marq Environmental Charter School, $175,000
Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century, $175,000
Woodland Progressive School for 21st Century Citizens, $175,000