Expansion & Growth
The US Department of Education recently awarded IDEA Public Schools $11.9 million in grants to support growth and expansion in Texas and Louisiana. This funding will also enable IDEA to further evaluate their impact on student outcomes, college readiness and teacher and student retention.
The U.S. Department of Education announced new grants totaling approximately $245 million under its Charter Schools Program (CSP), which funds the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation. IDEA Public Schools—a two-time prior grantee under this program, a 2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education, and the recipient of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools—will use the award to support the creation of 18 schools serving over 14,000 students in its new regions of El Paso and Baton Rouge, as well as the existing region of San Antonio.
In the exploration of new regions for IDEA Public Schools, no communities made larger impressions than El Paso, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In both cities, the achievement gap is starkly present—thousands of students are in need of a quality education. Members of both communities want more quality educational options for their children.
Through the CSP, the Department is committed to supporting the continued growth of excellent public charter schools like IDEA that are closing equity gaps and improving student outcomes.
“Ensuring that all students have access to an academically challenging and engaging education is critical to preparing them for college and career success,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “Innovative charter schools are continuously developing new and impactful practices to close achievement gaps and provide all students with the skills and abilities they need to thrive. We are proud to support these efforts along with strong charter school authorizing and accountability, particularly given these grantees’ commitment to communities facing steep academic challenges.”
Closing the achievement gap means educating as many students to and through college as possible. The support of the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program will help IDEA achieve its goal of educating 100,000 students by 2022.