Education Dept. awards $2.3M for charter schools facilities improvements

Posted 3/29/18

NASHVILLE — Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and the Tennessee Department of Education have announced the 40 public schools selected to receive a total of nearly $2.3 million in the second …

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Education Dept. awards $2.3M for charter schools facilities improvements

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NASHVILLE — Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and the Tennessee Department of Education have announced the 40 public schools selected to receive a total of nearly $2.3 million in the second award cycle as part of the state’s Charter School Facilities Program.

This funding will support high-quality charter schools with a track record of success to improve or develop school facilities where public school students in Tennessee are served.

 "It is important that all of our students are served in schools where they are able to thrive and grow, including our high-quality, public charter schools,” McQueen said. “Through the Charter School Facilities Program, we have been able to provide more Tennessee students the supportive learning environment that every student deserves."

 Grant recipients were selected through a rigorous and competitive application process where they were evaluated on their ability to demonstrate both evidence of strong student academic results and that funding would help increase the number of available high-quality student seats, address unmet student needs, and support innovation in school design.

 The funds will be reimbursement-based and may be used for property purchases, general improvements to existing and available buildings, any costs associated with the purchase or lease of underutilized or vacant property, and the repayment of debt incurred for existing capital outlay projects.

To ensure quality and accountability, awardees will be monitored throughout the grant award and reimbursement period. In this round of the program, schools were awarded up to $60,000 of funding.

 The 40 grant recipient schools are:

Cornerstone Prep Denver Campus– Achievement School District

Cornerstone Prep Lester Campus – Achievement School District

Fairley High School – Achievement School District

Hillcrest High School – Achievement School District

Humes Preparatory Academy – Achievement School District

Kirby Middle School – Achievement School District

Libertas School of Memphis – Achievement School District

Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School – Achievement School District

Memphis Scholars Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School – Achievement School District

Memphis Scholars Florida-Kansas Elementary School – Achievement School District

Wooddale Middle School – Achievement School District

Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence Middle School – Hamilton County Department of Education

Emerald Academy – Knox County Schools

KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School – Metro Nashville Public Schools

KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary – Metro Nashville Public Schools

LEAD Academy High - Metro Nashville Public Schools

LEAD Southeast - Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville Classical Charter School - Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville Prep - Metro Nashville Public Schools

Purpose Preparatory Academy - Metro Nashville Public Schools

RePublic High School - Metro Nashville Public Schools

STRIVE Collegiate Academy - Metro Nashville Public Schools

Arrow Academy of Excellence – Shelby County Schools

City University School Boys Preparatory – Shelby County Schools

City University School Girls Preparatory – Shelby County Schools

City University School of Independence – Shelby County Schools

City University School of Liberal Arts – Shelby County Schools

Leadership Preparatory Charter School – Shelby County Schools

Memphis Business Academy Elementary School – Shelby County Schools

Memphis Business Academy High School – Shelby County Schools

Memphis School of Excellence Elementary School – Shelby County Schools

Memphis STEM Academy – Shelby County Schools

Nexus STEM Academy Middle School – Shelby County Schools

Power Center Academy High School – Shelby County Schools

Power Center Academy Middle – Shelby County Schools

Southern Avenue Charter School Of Academic Excellence and Creative Arts – Shelby County Schools

Southwest Early College High School – Shelby County Schools

The Excel Center – Shelby County Schools

Veritas College Preparatory Charter School – Shelby County Schools

Bluff City High School – Tennessee State Board of Education

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam proposed funding for the program through the “Tennessee High-Quality Charter Schools Act” which was approved by the General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session. In total, the department has provided $5.6 million to 67 schools for the Charter School Facilities Program.

 In the first round of funding, the department awarded more than $3.3 million through a competitive application process in November 2017. This coming fall, the department will begin a new round of competitive grant funding in the next phase of the Charter School Facilities Program.

 For more information on the Charter School Facilities Program, contact Marcy Tidwell, director of school choice, at Marcy.Tidwell@tn.gov.

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