The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) has received a USDE competitive grant (view the press release here) to carry out the following objectives within Oklahoma:
In carrying out these objectives, the Oklahoma Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides subgrants to qualified charter school developers and operators for new charter schools' planning year and first year of implementation. Each year for the duration of the grant, the CSP will award up to 5 grants to schools selected through a competitive grant process.
Authorized by Title V, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (P.L. 107-110), the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides funding to nonstate entities to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the nation. The program's goals are to provide financial assistance for planning and implementation of new charter school programs and to disseminate promising practices to evaluate the effects of charter schools. This includes their impacts on student academic achievement, teaching and learning, families and the community.
OPSRC will award subgrants for brick-and-mortar charter schools in the following two categories:
Awarded subgrants of $600,000 will be funded with $150,000 in the Planning Year (up to 16 months) and $450,000 in the Implementation Year.
Grant applicants must conform to the federal definition of a public charter school in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [P.L. 114-95, section 4310(2)] to be eligible for grant funds under the CSP.
Virtual charter schools are not eligible to apply.
All applicants for the Charter School Program grant must have an executed charter with a sponsor and must be no more than 16 months from opening as of the due date of the subgrant.
Charter schools in operation, approved charter schools that are more than 16 months from opening and developers that have not yet been approved by a sponsor are not eligible to apply. Grant activities may not extend beyond the first year of operation.
Those who wish to expand or replicate existing charter schools must meet the ESSA SEC. 4310 (7-9) definitions of expanding, replicating and high quality. Schools that do not meet this definition are not eligible for subgrant funding.
Each application will consist of:
The application must have a solid foundation and infrastructure that will ensure the charter is prepared for success from the beginning. That is, school leaders and stakeholders must display active engagement from the outset, from the planning operations to governing board development. The applicants must demonstrate an emphasis on community support as required by the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act. A plan for financial sustainability is also crucial and must be at the core of the charter school’s application. Further, the management plan must reflect the autonomy afforded to the charter school and must demonstrate how the school will comply with all applicable regulations.
Competitive priority preference will be given to those applicants who seek to create a brick-and-mortar charter school for students who are educationally disadvantaged, including the following: 1) students with disabilities and English language learners, 2) underserved minority student subgroups (African American, Native American, Hispanic) and 3) students residing in poverty-stricken areas.
All applications must be uploaded through the Epicenter online system. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
OPSRC will regularly post information about the grant, including budgets and applications, on this webpage.