U.S. House proposes Charter Schools Program funding increase

By July 3, 2024 Legislation, News

More federal funding may be coming to support charter school growth nationwide. Congressional lawmakers have proposed a $10 million FY 25 funding increase for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). CSP helps with start-up funding, charter expansion, and more.

This increase is modest but still encouraging, since the program has been level-funded at $440 million since 2019. Moreover, President Biden’s proposed FY 25 budget included a $40 million cut to program funding.

In response to the proposed funding increase, Eric Paisner, the acting CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released this statement:

We thank the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee members for recognizing the value and educational opportunity public charter schools provide to families across the nation by putting forth a proposed increase of $10 million to the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). The CSP is the nation’s only source of dedicated federal funding for the creation of high-quality and in-demand public charter schools.  

Given the strong support for charter schools from families, CSP funding helps to meet the growing demand for charter schools and help serve America’s students and families with more high-quality public education options. Charter schools are the only type of public schools that have seen enrollment growth over the past five years. 

We are very grateful for this support and had also hoped to see an increase in Title I funding for schools that serve low-income families. Charter schools are unique public schools that overwhelmingly serve students who are Black, Brown, or from low-income families. The majority of charter school students are Title I students. 

Charter schools will surely benefit from increased funding for the CSP, but our schools would also be negatively impacted by a cut in Title I funding. 

Read more about the Charter Schools Program. View the Alliance’s 2024 impact report for the Charter Schools Program.

 

Kristen Blair

Author Kristen Blair

Kristen Blair is the communications director for the North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools.

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