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Charter Schools Program Level Funded for FY2024

Charter Schools Program Level Funded for FY2024

March 25, 2024

Eric Paisner, Acting President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement regarding the FY2024 Budget:

In the FY2024 Budget, signed by President Biden just days ago, the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) was protected from a cut. Congress included level funding of $440 million for the CSP, which was a remarkable victory given the contentious nature of the budget appropriations process this year. This marks the fifth year of level funding to the nation’s only source of dedicated federal funding for the creation of high-quality and in-demand public charter schools.  

The FY2024 budget includes new guiding language to allow for more flexibility in the use of CSP funds, including allocating funds to programs based on the needs of the field and supporting technical assistance for subgrantees. Most importantly, the cap is lifted on the State Facilities Incentives Grant, which makes it possible for the program to award new grants more frequently than once every five years. This means more schools will benefit from this funding stream as well as more states will be supported as they establish eligibility for this grant.

We thank the Appropriations Committee Chairs and Ranking Members for recognizing the value and educational opportunity public charter schools provide to families across the nation.

This budget comes two weeks after the release of the President’s FY2025 budget proposal with a suggested cut of $40 million and nearly a year after the House appropriations committee proposed a $10 million increase in the FY2024 bill. To reverse this trend of proposed cuts and flat funding, we are calling for an increase of $60 million for the CSP in FY2025 and look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to make that happen.

These unique public schools overwhelmingly serve students who are Black, Brown, or from low-income families. Survey data from The Harris Poll shows 74% of parents would consider sending their child to a public charter school if one were available in their area. Over the last four school years (2019-20 to 2022-23), charter schools gained more than 300,000 new students, an increase of 9%. Meanwhile, district public schools lost 1.5 million students at the beginning of the pandemic and enrollment has not rebounded over the past three years, creating a net loss of 3.5%. Where there is space, families want seats in charter schools.

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