DPI awards $8.7 million to expand Wisconsin charter schools

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An empty classroom in Vilas Hall at UW-Madison. WISC-TV/Channel3000.

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction took a step toward expanding charter schools in the state Monday.

The DPI announced 13 federal subgrants totaling over $8.7 million to plan, open and expand charter schools. This is the fifth round of funding given to Wisconsin by the U.S. Department of Education meant to support charter schools that opened in 2022 or will open in 2023, as well as high-quality schools that are looking to grow.

In order to qualify, schools had to show strong academic results among students and increasing rates of academic achievement, including graduation rates. Schools also had to prove they were fiscally responsible and met statutory and regulatory requirements.

Applications for a sixth round of grants will open in the fall.