Charter Schools Program on Track to Receive a Funding Increase
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed bipartisan legislation that provides a $10 million (3%) increase for the Charter Schools Program (CSP). The Senate bill would increase funding for the CSP to $343 million in FY2017. The National Alliance issued this statement in support of the bill. The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider its bill in July.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has a number of new provisions that require consultation with charter school leaders in state and local efforts to implement the law. The National Alliance produced this document which details the consultation requirements in ESSA for charter schools. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a Dear Colleague letter on the importance and utility of stakeholder engagement in ESSA implementation. ED included guidance, resource,s and examples of stakeholder engagement for States and LEAs.
ED and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released guidance to states, school districts, and child welfare agencies on the new provisions in ESSA for supporting children in foster care. The guidance aims to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law.
Education First has produced a reference guide, “Making the Most of ESSA,” designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders leverage the new level of flexibility in ESSA.
Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grant Competition
The TIF grant program is accepting applications for FY2016. ED anticipates awarding $50-70 million for up to 10 new awards to support projects implementing human capital management systems and performance based compensation for educators. See pre-application audio and PowerPoint for more information and eligibility criteria. Submission deadline is July 15, 2016 at 4:30 PM EST.
Statement and Resources on Student Discipline
The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools’ (NCSECS) Equity Coalition, which is comprised of charter school and special education leaders, issued a statement challenging the charter school community to implement effective positive and equitable disciplinary practices that are essential to assuring student success. The National Alliance is a partner in this effort, and joined other organizations in supporting the statement.
In addition, the National Charter School Resource Center has published a toolkit and additional resources to support charter schools in their efforts to build positive school climate and discipline practices.