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Description of the Program

Authorized by Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, Public Law 114-95), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides funding to State Entities (CFDA number 84.282A) to enable them to award subgrants to eligible applicants.


The purpose of these subgrants is to enable eligible applicants to open and prepare for the operation of new charter schools and to replicate existing high-quality charter schools, and to expand existing high-quality charter schools. Grant funds must also be used to provide technical assistance (which includes technical assistance to eligible applicants in opening and preparing for the operation of new charter schools,) or replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools. Grant funds must be used for working with authorized public chartering agencies to improve authorizing quality including developing capacity for, and conducting, fiscal oversight and auditing of charter

The Pennsylvania CSP (PACSP) Project Team is composed of individuals whose broad experience contribute to the project’s overall success. This team is led by the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS), a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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