In 2017, the New Mexico Public Education Department (Department) was awarded $22.5M dollars over five years from the U.S. Department of Education to:
- support high-quality charter school development and growth through a competitive subgrant program for a) new charter school start up, b) high quality charter school replication, and c) high quality charter school expansion; and
- build high-quality authorizing practices among the state’s chartering agencies (PEC and school district school boards, which includes strengthening charter school accountability by supporting the closure of academically poor-performing charter schools.
An eligible applicant may not receive more than one subgrant under this program for each individual charter school for a 5-year period, unless the eligible applicant demonstrates to the Department that such individual charter school has at least 3 years of improved educational results for students enrolled in the charter school.
Allowable Uses of Subgrant Funding
An eligible applicant receiving a subgrant under this section shall use such funds to support the activities described in subsection (b)(1), which shall include one or more of the following activities:
- Preparing teachers, school leaders, and specialized instructional support personnel, including through paying the costs associated with—
- providing professional development; and
- hiring and compensating, during the eligible applicant’s planning period specified in the application for subgrant funds that is required under this section, one or more of the following:
- School leaders.
- Specialized instructional support personnel.
- Acquiring supplies, training, equipment (including technology), and educational materials (including developing and acquiring instructional materials).
- Carrying out necessary renovations to ensure that a new school building complies with applicable statutes and regulations, and minor facilities repairs (excluding construction).
- Providing one-time, startup costs associated with providing transportation to students to and from the charter school.
- Carrying out community engagement activities, which may include paying the cost of student and staff recruitment.
- When such costs cannot be met from other sources, providing for other appropriate, non-sustained costs related to:
- opening and preparing for the operation of a new charter school;
- opening and preparing for the operation of replicated high-quality charter schools; or
- expanding high-quality charter schools.
Funding received by the Department for the NMCSP is $22,507,805 from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2022
- Year 1 and 2 – $6,358,693
- Continuation Awards Depending on Performance and Progress
Program funding is subject to a successful continuation review after the second year, third, and fourth years.
- Year 3 – $5,378,241
- Year 4 – $6,066,510
- Year 5 – $4,704,361
Pursuant to the grant award the Department shall:
- use not less than 90 percent of the grant funds to award subgrants to eligible applicants;
- reserve not less than 7 percent of such funds to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants and authorized public chartering agencies, and work with authorized public chartering agencies in the state to improve authorizing quality, including developing capacity for, and conducting, fiscal oversight and auditing of charter schools; and
- reserve not more than 3 percent of such funds for administrative costs.
Subgrant Timelines and Information
- For information about application timelines visit our Subgrant Calendar page.
- For more information about the NMCSP subgrants that support the startup of new charter schools, please visit our New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition page.
- For more information about the NMCSP subgrants that support the replication and/or growth high quality charter schools, please visit our Quality School Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition page.
- For information about NMCSP work to build high-quality authorizing practices among the state’s chartering agencies, please vision our NMCSP Quality Charter School Authorizing Initiative page.