What is the Charter Schools Program?
The federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and the replication of high-quality charter schools. Federal funds are also available through this program to disseminate best practices, help charter schools finance suitable facilities, and invest in national activities and initiatives that support charter schools.
The purpose of the program under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to improve the United States education system and education opportunities for all people in the United States by supporting innovation in public education in public school settings that prepare students to compete and contribute to the global economy and a stronger nation. The program is further charged with expanding opportunities for children with disabilities, English learners, and students from low income backgrounds to attend charter schools and meet the challenging state academic standards.