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Application for Funds
Oregon Public Charter School
Application Deadline: May 21, 2010
Issued by the Oregon Department of Education
Public Charter School Program
Send completed application to:
Oregon Department of Education
Attn: Donna Newbeck
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203
Every Student, Every Day – A Success
Oregon Public Charter School Dissemination Grant Program
Table of Contents
General Information 4
Narrative Grant Components 8-11
Scoring Guide 12-15
The Oregon Public School Charter Law was enacted in May 1999. This legislation provides an opportunity for teachers, parents, and community members to “create new, innovative, more flexible ways of educating all children within the public school system” by offering local communities the opportunity to design and operate schools that individualize and customize education for their students.
Charter schools are public schools of choice, selected by students and parents for their unique offerings. The essential characteristics of any Oregon public charter school are school-centered governance, autonomy, and a clear design for what and how students will learn. Each public charter school is considered a district school. However, it is exempt from many state laws and rules. Public charter schools must incorporate state content standards into their curriculum, participate in the statewide assessment system, and comply with all health, safety and civil rights laws.
In the ten years since Oregon’s Public Charter School Law was enacted, there has been a steadily increasing number of charter schools opening each year. In the
2009-2010 school year, over 100 charter schools were operating in 26 counties across the state of Oregon. The Oregon Department of Education has been awarded a competitive grant through Title V, Part B – Public Charter School Program. As a result, financial assistance has been available to support the planning and initial start up costs for the charter school. There are currently 20 public charter school developers at various stages of the planning phase and 15 current charter schools open and operating that are receiving financial assistance to get the charter school started. Additionally, funds are available to disseminate best practices and learning from successful charter school operators, of which 10 projects are being funded through this grant. As participants in this competitive dissemination grant process, qualified public charter schools will have the opportunity to share their best practices or assist developing public charter schools in 2010-2011.
Purpose of Dissemination Grant: The purpose of this application is to fund proposals to support activities that share effective practices resulting from the first three years of charter school operation. This grant opportunity supports public charter schools’ efforts to form bridges with the larger system; to share best practices in improving student achievement; and to transform specific successes and lessons learned into broader reforms.
Grant writers should focus on activities that:
Amount of Funds Available: The Oregon Department of Education will award up to ten grants this round of funding. Dissemination grants are expected to range from $40,000 to $150,000 per year, for one year, expiring July 31, 2011. Specific awards may be adjusted to more accurately reflect reasonable project scope and costs.
Eligible Applicants: Public charter schools in operation for at least three consecutive years are eligible to apply for a dissemination grant. Eligible public charter schools must also have demonstrated overall success to apply for a dissemination grant. According to federal guidance, “overall success” of a public charter school includes, but is not limited to:
A public charter school may receive a dissemination grant whether or not it has previously received a planning and/or incentive grant. Public charter schools that have been in operation for at least 3 years are listed in Attachment D.
Collaboration and partnerships are encouraged in developing dissemination activities. The following describes possible types of partnerships that may be undertaken:
Length of Grant Awards: The maximum length of this dissemination grant project is 13 months from the time of the award, though applicants may propose a shorter project period. All awardees must complete a final report due July 31, 2011.