Charter Clues

Updates from IDOE's Office of Charter Schools

Welcome to Charter Clues!

Your IDOE Charter School Grant Specialists Beatriz Pacheco and Amreen Vora have teamed up to create a monthly newletter dedicated to the Indiana charter community. Included will be charter specific news, highlights, and charter grant related information. Stay tuned each month!

Update: Charter School Program Grant: Cohort 3

The Indiana Department of Education(IDOE) released a Request for Proposals for the Quality Counts, Charter School Program Grant on May 15. Grant applications to start a new charter school, replicate an existing high-quality charter school model, or expand an existing high-quality charter school will be accepted for up to $900,000 of funding.

The IDOE has received approval to modify the definition of “expansion” as related to the Indiana Quality Counts Charter School Program grant.

Previously, the Indiana Charter School Program grant defined “expansion” as a 50 percent or more increase in charter school enrollment, or, a grade level increase, in order to apply as an “expanding” school for charter school program grant funds.

The approved amendment has provided us with the ability to allow high quality charter schools that have increased their enrollment by 20 percent or more to apply for charter school grant funding. Below are the new requirements for an existing school wishing to apply for funding as an expanding charter school:

  • An A or a B Federal grade
  • Adding on a grade level or a 20% or more student enrollment in the previous academic year

In order to facilitate the application process for newly qualifying schools, we are extending the application deadline by two weeks, to Thursday, August 15 at 1:30 pm EST.

Click HERE for more information and to apply.

CSP Grant Calendars

Please click here find Charter School Program Grant Calendars under each drop-down menu.

Updated Information on Additional SIG Planning Grant Funding

Eligible Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, who participated in the SIG planning grant during the 2018-2019 school year, have the opportunity to compete for additional implementation funds in the fall. Please see the attached memo for additional information. An eligible school list can be found here. A technical assistance webinar was held on July 19 at 10:30 a.m. EST. The webinar explained these options in greater detail and feature a question and answer session.

EL Director Meetings

IDOE will host the 2019-2020 English Learners Directors’ Meetings at MSD Lawrence Township Schools in Indianapolis, IN. The New EL Directors’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13, and the Annual EL Directors’ Meeting for new and returning EL directors will be held on Wednesday, August 14. Both meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

View this flyer for more details.

Register now and provide your input on the topics you hope to see on this year’s agenda.

McKinney-Vento 2019-2022 Request for Proposals

The 2019-2022 McKinney-Vento request for proposals (RFP) is now available. The competitive grant proposals are due August 30. Please see the McKinney-Vento website for the RFP, rubric, budget, and required templates, and timeline.

Applicants may wish to review the webinar “McKinney-Vento: Homeless Youth Education Supplemental Support & Grant Process Review.” This presentation will address updates to the 2019-2021 application process for McKinney Vento funding that is due Aug. 30, 2019. The funding will focus on collaborative efforts developed across communities which plan to utilize high-impact interventions. For questions, reach out to Gina Woodward

A recording of the technical assistance webinar held on Wednesday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. EST is available HERE.

Update School and District Contacts

IDOE is updating the 2019 McKinney-Vento School Corporation Liaison contact information. Currently identified LEA liaisons can be found here. Please use this link if the liaison at your LEA needs to be updated. If the current individual is correct, no update is required. Questions can be sent to Gina Woodward.

Monthly Charter Chats

Charter Chats are live, recorded webinars that occur on the first Thursday of every month at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Charter Chat schedule and recordings are posted on this website for future access.

NEW Bright Minds Series

IDOE is pleased to announce the second year of our popular Charter School Marketing Webinar series. Building off the success of our first year’s sessions, we are pleased to announce that we will continue to provide monthly webinars to our charter school leaders on how they can improve their marketing and enrollment.

An expert in the field and Hoosier native, Nick Leroy, President of Bright Minds Marketing, a consulting company that works specifically with charter schools to support student enrollment, recruitment, and retention through marketing and communications, will be hosting the webinars.

Webinars will be held the second Wednesday of every month, starting Wednesday September 11th, and recordings can be found HERE.

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