Eight New Charters Win Federal Start-Up Grants

The State Ed Department announced the winners of federal Charter School Program grants today and all of them are in NYC. Eight new charter schools won grants totaling more than $3 million. The competitive dollars are awarded based on the strength of schools’ applications and their plans to use the money to bolster their educational programs. The fact that all the grantees are in NYC says a lot about the potential of schools opening up here. This year’s winners are:

The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation, Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School, Riverton Street Charter School, Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School, Lefferts Gardens Charter School, Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School, Teaching Firms of America-Professional Preparatory Charter School (opening 2011)†and Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School.

Congratulations to these exciting new schools.