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CSP Grant Information Document

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) was one of eight entities to receive funds from the United States Department of Education to support opening new, expanding or replicating high quality charter schools from 2018-2023. The major purposes of the grant are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend public charter schools and meet challenging state academic standards; to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; to increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students along with other additional supports.

The grant will support opening new charter schools, expand existing high-quality charter schools by at least 3 grades with 3 years of data, and replicate high-quality charter schools in another location. Michigan will follow the federal definition of high-quality charter schools: a) shows evidence of strong academic results which may include strong student academic growth as determined by the state; b) has no significant issues in the area of student safety, financial and operational management, or statutory or regulatory compliance; c) has demonstrated success in significantly increasing student academic achievement, including graduation rates where applicable, for all students served by the charter school; and d) has demonstrated success in increasing student academic achievement, including graduation rates where applicable, for each of the subgroups of students, as defined in section 1111(c)(2) of the ESEA, except that such demonstration is not required in a case in which the number of students in a group is insufficient to yield statistically reliable information or the results would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.

The total expected funding for Michigan is more than $47 million, to be allocated over 5 years through subgrants, technical assistance, and grant administration. Michigan will be able to award approximately $42 million. If eligible for a subgrant, each awardee will receive $1 million for the length of the award with a bonus of $250,000 to open, replicate or expand in areas with limited options to high-performing schools, with a focus on high schools.

To obtain a copy of a charter school application between the years 2015-2020 with the peer review comments, please contact the Public School Academies Unit at 517-241-6960. Note this application was not recommended for funding.