U.S. Department of Education Accepting Applications for Charter Schools Program Grants for State Educational Agencies

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applications for the Charter Schools Program Grants for State Educational Agencies. This grant competition has an estimated $160,000,000 in funds and anticipates making 8-12 awards.

The Charter Schools Program Grants for State Educational Agencies program is a competitive grant program that enables SEAs to run state-level grant competitions to support new high-quality public charter schools. The program also focuses on strengthening accountability across the charter school sector and on expanding access to high-quality charter schools for educationally disadvantaged students. 

State educational agencies in states with a state statute specifically authorizing the establishment of charter schools may apply.

Applications are due June 1, 2016.

For more information about this grant opportunity, please visit http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/charter-school-program-state-educational-agencies-sea/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Kathryn Meeley at Kathryn.Meeley@ed.gov.

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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