Charter Clues

Monthly Updates from your IDOE Charter School Specialists

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 released a Request for Proposals for the Quality Counts, Charter School Program Grant on May 15, 2019. 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 Indiana Department of Education 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% 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% 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 order to facilitate the application process for newly qualifying schools, we are extending the application deadline by two weeks, to Thursday, August 15th at 1:30 pm EST.

Click HERE for more information and to apply.

School Corporation Amendments

All school corporation amendments must be submitted to the Department by the

superintendent or superintendent’s designee through this link. Charter schools must submit verification from their charter authorizer that the change is approved and covered in their current charter.

The window to submit requests for new school numbers opened May 1st and closes September 2nd.

Submissions outside this window will not be accepted. Submit questions HERE.

EL Directors 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.

Bright Minds Student Recruitment and Retention Webinar Schedule

The Indiana Department of Education, through the Quality Counts, Charter School Program grant, is hosting a series of webinars to provide support in the area of charter school student enrollment, supported through marketing and communications. 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 are held the second Tuesday of every month, and recordings can be found HERE.

Title I Refresher and Updates

Please click this link for a Title I refresher.

View the recording HERE.

Title Grant information HERE.

Charter School Conflict of Interest Forms

Charter school board members of a charter school established after July 1, 2017 must submit a Conflict of Interest form to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Click HERE for more information. Please see this template for guidance.

Update School Contact Information

Updates to school administrative contact information can be requested here.

Superintendent's Weekly Newsletter

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