Forty Million Is Not Enough

Application for New Awards: Charter Schools Program Grants for State Educational Agencies

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model . . .

The purpose of the CSP Grants for SEAs competition is to enable SEAs to provide financial assistance, through subgrants to eligible applicants (also referred to as non-SEA eligible applicants) for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and for the dissemination of information about successful charter schools, including practices that existing charter schools have demonstrated are successful . . .

The second goal is to strengthen public accountability and oversight for authorized public chartering agencies . . .

The third goal is to support and improve academic outcomes for educationally disadvantaged students . . .

Type of Award: Discretionary grant.

Estimated Available Funds:$116,000,000.

Estimated Range of Awards:$3,500,000 to $45,000,000 per year.

Estimated Average Size of Awards:$10,000,000 per year.

Estimated Number of Awards: 12.

Accordingly, an application submitted under this competition may propose to use CSP funds to support preschool education in charter schools.

In addition to the forty million tax dollars proposed through the Charter Schools Program (CSP); Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools the federal government is now proposing to spend another $116 million tax dollars raising the amount of federal charter school support another $156 million dollars.

Though the award states that supporting educationally disadvantaged students is their third goal, it is really their fourth since increasing national understanding of the charter school model, the goal of the CSP, is the major purpose of the program.

$156 million dollars, collected from the citizens of these United States, to support the continuation and proliferation of charter schools within our public school system that discriminate against and segregate our children into standardized groups that will provide the profits for the corporations that feed off the educational failure of our children and the resulting poverty that exists and is perpetuated through ignorance.

Our children deserve to be educated in a system that acknowledges and respects their gifts and talents and works to develop and direct those gifts and talents.

This must end.

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