2012 Technical Assistance Sessions. Guidance for Charter School Grant Applicants Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Purpose of this session. Provide basic charter school information Review charter school grant guidelines and applications Provide Technical assistance.
Guidance for Charter School Grant Applicants
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Charter School: A charter school is a tuition-free public school created on the basis of a contract or “charter” between the school and a local school board or other authorizer. A charter school has more freedom than a traditional public school in return for a commitment to meet higher standards of accountability. (NACSA, 2006)
Charter schools are exempt from most state education laws, but must:
--Participate in the WKCE
--Complete the annual School Performance Report (SPR)
--Count their students for membership
--Employ DPI-licensed teachers
School Board authorizer determines type of charter school:
“Instrumentality”--School board employs all staff in the charter school, or
“Non-Instrumentality”--School board does not employ any staff in the charter school
State Law in s. 118.40(3)(e):
When establishing or contracting for the establishment of a charter school under this section, a school board …shall consider the principles and standards for quality charter schools established by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
Independent governance board must have control over:
The charter school must provide the student’s elementary or secondary education
Core subjects must be delivered in the charter school
A charter high school must award a high school diploma
See federal Nonregulatory guidance (part E) in your packets
You cannot have special lotteries based on students’:
Recruit to achieve balance
State Application Process
All grant applications due
on April 16th
Planning Grant (12-18 months)
Initial Implementation Grant—first year of school operation (12 months)
Implementation Renewal Grant—second year of school operation (6-12 months)
If you request planning funds for the 2012-13 school year, you must open the charter school in the fall of 2013 or no later than January 2014.
If you do not open the school by that time, you will break your “continuous contract” and therefore forfeit your right to future federal charter school funds.
What are measurable school goals?
--Offering governance board training
--Reducing discipline referrals
--Providing professional development
--Increasing graduation rate
--Promoting parent satisfaction
Planning grant funds paid in two installments:
Phase I can include up to 50% of the grant and may be used for staff development and curriculum planning; no equipment for the charter school can be purchased in Phase I.
Phase II funds will be released when the charter is received by DPI and the governance board is operational
Phase II funds can be used to buy equipment and supplies for the new charter school.
No operational costs. If an expense continues year after year, it is an operational cost and cannot be funded with the federal charter school grant funds. Examples:
Salaries and Wages:
Contract amount and Contributions
Other government payments
Fundraising or external contributions
Submit signed budget change request form PI- 9600 showing the current and revised budget (see copy in your packets)
The form must be signed by the Governance Board President
Due April 16th
Cannot use funds for school operations.
Schedule Visitation Days so others may see your model charter school in action:
--1 day required for dissemination grantees
--2 days required for dissemination renewal grantees
Allocate $20,000 to the WISN to support statewide collaboration efforts
(can carry-over unspent funds to second year with DPI approval)
Download copies of the planning, implementation, implementation renewal, dissemination and dissemination renewal applications at the DPI charter schools website at:
March 15-16, 2012, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva
Register for the conference through the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association website at:
Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network (WISN) http://www.wisn.net
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
National Alliance of Public Charter Schools http://www.publiccharters.org