December 18, 1998


$7.5 Million Available for Charter Schools

Sacramento — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin announced the release of applications for the next cycle of Charter School Planning and Implementation Phase Grants. Funding is available for 50 to 60 planning grants, with individual awards ranging from $10,000 to $35,000; and for 30 to 35 implementation grants, with awards of up to $150,000 each. Approximately $7.5 million is available.

"Charter schools offer powerful opportunities for educators, parents, and community members to come together and create schools that achieve high standards for all students. Charters are an important strategy in our ongoing efforts to improve public education in California," said Eastin.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has received federal funding through Title X of the Improving America's Schools Act to distribute grants to charter school developers and new charter schools. Monies awarded provide grant recipients with financial assistance to plan new charter schools and for cost related to opening charter schools.

Applications are being mailed to all school districts, existing charter schools, and other statewide and community-based organizations. The application is also available on the CDE's Web site at <htttp://www.cde.ca.gov/charterschools.htm>. Applications are due to the CDE by March 10, 1999.

For more information about the grant process, contact the CDE's Charter Schools Unit at (916) 322-6029.

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