Expansion and Replication NMCSP Subgrant Competition
As part of the grant application, the Department established the following funding goals:
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Award amounts are based on the school’s proposed grade levels and proposed enrollment increase over a five year period, but shall not exceed $900,000. Funding will be calculated using the following per pupil amounts:
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Entities eligible for the Expansion and Replication NMCSP Subgrant are those entities who:
- are operating a high quality charter school in New Mexico, which is defined as a school that has earned grades of B or better in each of the last 3 years, does not meet TSI/CSI criteria, and has had no significant adverse audit findings or organizational non-compliance;
- intend to substantially expand the number of students served by the school by increasing the enrollment cap, increase the grade levels served, or open a new school or new school site (i.e., replicating the current school);
- have applied, through an amendment request or another process established by the authorized public chartering authority, to expand or replicate their charter school and provided adequate and timely notice to that authorized public chartering authority of the request;
- demonstrate the capacity to create a high-quality charter school – as defined in ESEA section 4310(8);
- are selected as the highest scoring applicants through a rigorous application and peer review process.
This competitive subgrant application process consists of two phases.
Phase 1 –
In the first phase, applicants must submit a notice of intent to apply for funds. Download the Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Letter of Intent Form/Phase I Application. The form requires the school to confirm that they are eligible for the subgrant, including that they meet the definition of a high-quality school.
Upon receiving the Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Letter of Intent the NMCSP program manager will review the school’s academic performance, financial performance, and organizational performance both through the documentation from the authorized public chartering authority and through the appropriate bureaus of PED. Upon verification that the school meets the eligibility requirements, the school will be notified.
To be eligible to move to Phase 2 of the Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition, a currently operating charter school must meet the following requirements:
- earned grades of B or better in each of the last 3 years,
- does not meet TSI/CSI criteria,
- has had no significant adverse audit findings or organizational non-compliance in the past 3 years,
- intends to substantially expand the number of students served by the school by increasing the enrollment cap, increasing the grade levels served, or opening a new school or new school site (i.e., replicating the current school), and
- has applied, through an amendment request or another process established by the authorized public chartering authority, to expand or replicate their charter school and provided adequate and timely notice to that authorized public chartering authority of the request.
Phase 2 –
In the second phase of the Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition, eligible applicants:
- Complete and submit a subgrant application,
- Participate in a community input hearing, and
- Complete a behavioral event interview.
Phase 1 applicants will be notified by the NMCSP program manager if they are eligible to move on to the Phase 2 application process.
The application requires applicants to describe the planned activities under the subgrant funding for the term of the subgrant requested. The application also requires applicants to provide a budget for the requested term of the subgrant detailing anticipated expenditures broken down on a quarterly basis. The application scoring requirements are as follows:
- No response is evaluated as “Falls Far Below the Criteria”;
- No more than 3 responses may be evaluated as “Approaches the Criteria”; and
- The applicant must earn 95% of the available points or more.
Download the Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Phase II application appendix A, which is the budget form.
Behavioral Event Interview
The BEI is a process that delves deeper than traditional interviews to identify the underlying competencies that are predictors of success for school leaders. A competency is defined as a pattern of thinking, feeling, acting or speaking that causes a person to be successful in a job or role. Competencies may be developed, but they are most powerful when used to select people who are already a good fit for the job. The BEI is designed to elicit evidence and examples of the specific competencies and skills an applicant possesses, based on the premise that a person’s past behavior is the best predictor of their future performance. The BEI minimum scoring requirements are as follows:
- No more than one competency is evaluated as “Level 1”;
- At least one competency is evaluated as “Level 3”; and
- The applicant must earn an average score of at least “Level 2.”
The NMCSP program manager will schedule the BEI for all applicants who are notified of their eligibility to move on to Phase 2.
Applicants that meet the minimum scoring requirements will be eligible for grant funding. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available grants based on the funding available and the amount of subgrant awards generated through the subgrant funding formula, the highest scoring applicants will be awarded grants.