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New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition

New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition 2020-06-02T12:28:32-06:00

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to PED in 2017, funds subgrants to eligible applicants who are opening new charter schools.

Award amounts are based on the school’s proposed grade levels and proposed enrollment at the school’s cap in the final year of grant funding, but shall not exceed $900,000. Funding will be calculated using the following per pupil amounts:

Elementary School (Grades K-5)Middle School (Grades 6-8)High School (Grades 9-12)
$2,200$2,000$2,300

ELIGIBILITY

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Entities eligible for the New School NMCSP Subgrant are those entities that:

  • have applied to an authorized public chartering authority* in New Mexico to operate a charter school and provided adequate and timely notice to that authorized public chartering authority;
  • demonstrate the capacity to create a high-quality charter school as defined in ESEA section 4303;
  • are selected as the highest scoring applicants through a rigorous application and peer review process.

APPLICATION PROCESS

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Phase I

In the first phase, applicants submit a letter of intent to apply for a CSP subgrant. Applicants must have submitted an application to operate a charter school to an authorized public chartering authority in New Mexico and provided adequate and timely notice to that chartering authority. Applicants who submit to an authorizer other than the Public Education Commission (PEC) will need to ensure the CSP program manager receives a copy of the application. Applications not meeting minimum standards of rigor may be required to complete one or more sections of the PEC-approved application.

Visit the Public Education Commission’s New Application Page to download the Public Education Commission new charter school application Parts A through D and required appendices.

Download the New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition Phase I application.

Phase I applications submitted through the PEC’s new application process will be scored through that evaluation process. Phase 1 applications submitted through a different authorized public chartering authority’s new application process will be evaluated by the NMCSP using the same evaluation process as the Public Education Commission’s new application evaluation process. This process includes the use of a consensus review by a peer review team—including one licensed NM teacher, one licensed NM business official, one licensed NM administrator, and one former or current charter school authorizer or authorizing staff, or high level education policy expert—selected through a rigorous evaluation process.

The Phase I application will also include attendance by NMCSP program staff at the community input hearing held by the authorized public chartering authority.

To be eligible to move to Phase II of the New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition, an applicant must meet the following scoring requirements on the application to open a charter school:

  • No response is evaluated as “Falls Far Below the Criteria”;
  • No more than 3 responses may be evaluated as “Approaches the Criteria” in any one section of the application; and
  • The applicant must earn 80% of the available points or more.

Applicants will be notified by the CSP program manager if they are eligible to move on to Phase II.

Phase II

Applicants meeting the minimum scoring requirements in Phase I will:

  • Complete and submit a subgrant application, and
  • Complete a school leader interview.

SUBGRANT APPLICATION

The application requires applicants to describe the planned activities for the term of the subgrant requested, and  to provide a budget for the requested term of the subgrant detailing anticipated expenditures. 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 80% of the available points or more.

Download the New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition Phase II application.

Download the New School NMCSP Subgrant Competition Phase II application appendix A, the budget form.

SUBGRANT AWARDS 

Applicants meeting 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, the highest scoring applicants will be awarded grants.

Page last updated June 2, 2020