New Mexico Charter School Program: Expansion Charters
The New Mexico Charter School Program (NMCSP) – Expansion Charters Grant is comprised of two phases: Phase I and Phase II. During Phase I, applicants must submit a notice of intent to apply for funds by submitting a Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Letter of Intent. The form requires the school to confirm that they are eligible for the subgrant, including that they meet the definition of a high-quality school. Submission of this form must have been voted on and approved by the school’s governing body.
Amount: Applicants calculate the anticipated grant fund amount using anticipated enrollment data for the final year (which cannot exceed $900,000), using the funding following:
- Per “growth student” amount for expansion: Elementary school (K-5): $1,320; Middle school (6-8): $1,200; and High school (9-12): $1,380
Eligibility: A school must confirm that it meets the following requirements:
- Earned grades of a B average or better in each of the last 3 years, or showed a positive growth trajectory over 3 years, (i.e., year 1=D, year 2=C, year 3 =B)
- Does not meet TSI/CSI criteria
- Has had no significant adverse audit findings or organizational non-compliance in the past 3 years
- Intends to substantially expand the number of students served by the school by increasing the enrollment cap, increase the grade levels served, or open a new school or new school site (i.e., replicating the current school)
- Has applied, through an amendment request or another process established by the authorized public chartering authority, to expand or replicate their charter school and provided adequate and timely notice to that authorized public chartering authority of the request
Upon receiving the Replication and Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Letter of Intent the NMCSP program manager will review the school’s academic performance, financial performance, and organizational performance both through the documentation from the authorized public chartering authority and through the appropriate bureaus of PED. Upon verification that the school meets the eligibility requirements, the school will be notified and may complete the Phase II application.
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