CDE receives smaller than anticipated PCSGP grant

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August 15, 2011 California recently received a five-year $300 million Public Charter School Grant Program (PCSGP) award from the federal government. Accordingly, the California Department of Education (CDE) expected to receive approximately $60 million each year.

Unfortunately, CDE was recently notified that they will receive a grant award of approximately $40 million for 2011-12. This means that once CDE makes up ground for what has not yet been funded for schools that have already applied for the program, there will be little funding left.

CDE has also been notified by the federal Department of Education that California is out of compliance with several requirements of the program, and must show evidence of our plans to return to compliance.

This is obviously very distressing news for charter schools planning on this grant money. CCSA will work closely with CDE in the coming weeks to determine the best way to move forward and ensure California's grant award is fully funded. We will keep you informed as soon as we know more information. If you have applied for, or are planning on applying for, PCSGP funds, please watch for future member communications on this issue from CCSA, and email with any further questions.