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As part of the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Congress approved a new startup grant program to promote creation and development of charter schools. This report describes how a sample of 41 charter schools used the startup funds they received for the 1996-1997 school year. From fiscal years 1995 through 1997, the Department of Education awarded over $68 million in startup grants to 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The amount states received ranged from about $240,000 to over $6 million. In turn, states have provided these funds to charter schools. Over half the schools surveyed received startup funds ranging from $7,000 to $84,000. A majority used funds for curriculum materials and school equipment, facility leases and renovation, and technology. Charter schools not receiving grants were ineligible for grants under their state guidelines, were unsuccessful in competing for a grant, did not know about the program, or chose not to apply. The Department uses a peer-review process and judges applicants on the basis of several criteria, such as the contribution of a state's program toward serving disadvantaged students, degree of flexibility offered schools, and likelihood that a state's program will improve students' educational results. (MLH)

Descriptors: Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, State Action

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Author: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7762&id=ED423592







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