MADISON, Wis. -

Nineteen new charter schools for the 2013-14 school year will open and be funded by a new round of federal charter school grants, according to a release.

The federally funded charter school grants for the state total $12.8 million, according to the release.

The grants include $3.9 for first-year operations, 19 planning grants totaling $3.8 million, 21 implementation renewal grants totaling $4.2 million for charter schools in the second year of operation, three dissemination grants totaling $375,000 to support program sharing activities, and four dissemination renewal grants totaling $500,000 that support continued outreach activities by established charter schools.

“Charter schools are exploring different instructional strategies, site-based management techniques, and other innovations to discover what will work best for their students and communities," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. “Federal charter grant funds are helping educators create the next generation of quality charter schools that provide our students with innovative, rigorous, and relevant instruction to help them graduate college and career ready.”

The grants announced Monday are from a five-year grant the state won in 2009 worth $86 million, according to the release.

During the 2012-13 school year, Wisconsin had 238 charter schools operating throughout the state, serving 43,536 students, according to the release. Wisconsin ranks in the top 10 states nationwide for the number of charter schools.

For a list of the charter school grants click here.