Need-based CSP Distance Learning Grants: Round 2 Applications Due January 8, 2021
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant is normally awarded only to new and expanding charter schools, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, the US Department of Education is allowing states to award grants to address the immediate needs of schools to provide high quality distance learning. New Mexico was approved to award $5,000,000 in need-based subgrants to support distance learning. Just over $3.2 million was awarded during the first round of Distance Learning Grant applications. Because nearly $1.8 million in funding remains, a second round of applications will be accepted. The application will be on the PED’s RFP, RFA, RFI web page as early as Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Applications are due January 8, 2021. More information is provided in the Frequently Asked Questions.
In 2017, the New Mexico Public Education Department (Department) was awarded $22.5M dollars over five years from the U.S. Department of Education under Section 4303 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part C, 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 applicant demonstrates to the Department that the school has at least 3 years of improved educational results for enrolled students.
Allowable Uses of Subgrant Funding
A CSP subgrant recipient 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 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, school leaders and/or 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; and
- 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 or expanding a high-quality charter school.
Funding awarded from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2022, with awards in years 3-5 subject to a successful continuation review after each year::
- Years 1 and 2 – $6,358,693
- 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 the Subgrant Calendar page.
- For more information about the NMCSP subgrants that support the startup of new charter schools, please visit the New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition page.
- For more information about the NMCSP subgrants that support the replication and/or growth of high-quality charter schools, please visit the Quality School Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition page.
CSP Program Staff
Brigette Russell, PhD, CSP Program Manager: Brigette.Russell2@state.nm.us
Tony Bezich, CSP Technical Assistance Administrator: Anthony.Bezich@state.nm.us
Valerie Cordova, CSP Program Coordinator: Valerie.Cordova2@state.nm.us