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TDOE Awards Funding to Tennessee Charter Schools

Staff Report

NASHVILLE— Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced that 117 charter schools will receive approximately half of the $12 million that was allocated to the department’s Charter School Facilities fund in Governor Lee’s budget.
The money is designed to ensure that students in a Tennessee charter school are being educated in an environment that supports student achievement, safety, and well-being.
Funding can be spent for any of the following purposes:
· Property purchases to relocate or establish a school,

· Fund general improvements to existing facilities,

· Assist with costs associated with purchasing/leasing underutilized or vacant property, or

· Support existing capital outlay projects.
This $5.85 million will be distributed to schools in six districts based on the number of students they serve.
In the document that’s attached, you’ll see a full list of schools, along with the amount of money each school will receive.
In mid-November, a competitive grant will be made available to all charter schools throughout the state that will receive the remaining $6 million.
For more information on the Charter School Facilities Program, contact Robert Lundin, assistant commissioner of school models and programs, at [email protected]
For media inquiries, contact Jennifer Johnson, director of communications, at [email protected]