Arizona Charter School Program Mission:
AZ Charter School Program Ensures High-Quality Educational Choices by Selecting, Monitoring, and Assisting Transformative Leaders.
Arizona Charter School Program Vision:
Challenging Curriculum, Engaging Instruction and Rigorous Assessment
The Arizona Charter Schools Program (AZ CSP) is a competitive start-up grant that supports visionary leaders who will form charter schools which will improve student achievement to high academic standards and improve high school student achievement and graduation rates. Special preference will be awarded to those leaders who form schools in urban and rural areas with a history of poor academic performance.
Upcoming AZ CSP 2015 – 17 Application Round II Training – Thursday, November 7 from 1:30 – 5:00pm
The 2015-17* Arizona Charter Schools Program (AZ CSP) start-up grant application will take place in two rounds.
Round I is for 1) the federally sponsored AZ Charter Schools Association administrated Aspiring Leaders Fellows and 2) applicants who will serve student populations with over 75% Free and Reduced Lunch and have not yet determined their authorizer.
Round II is applicants whose charters have been authorized, including both first time charter applicants and schools approved for replication.
*Awards for Rounds I and II will be released in January 2014 and March 2014 respectively.
Funding Prospects for 2014 AZ CSP Awards.
The total award granted to the Arizona Department of Education Charter Schools Program by the US Department of Education Charter School program (ED CSP was $48. 7 M over a period of five years, 2009 through 2014. The last installment will be awarded to AZ CSP on August 1, 2013. Congress has not funded the Charter Schools Program sufficiently for state education agencies whose grants expire in 2014 to reapply for future funding.
AZ CSP has sufficient funds to complete existing awards; however, 2014 will be the last funding year for Arizona charter school startups. Depending on the number of quality applications AZ CSP receives, it reserves the right to limit total funding to only two years instead of three.
Arizona Charter Schools (AZ CSP) and State Approved Authorizers Including Arizona School Districts
State approved authorizers which include Arizona school districts have the authority to authorize charter schools under ARS § 15-183. In order to qualify for the AZ CSP startup grant, the state approved authorizer must adhere to the following conditions:
- It may not authorize a charter school(s) and serve as its governing body at the same time.
- The state approved authorizer shall authorize an autonomous, not for profit charter entity whose governing body is wholly separate and apart from the school district.
- Neither the school district governing body nor its administration shall manage any aspect of the charter school’s operation; i.e., the charter school’s policies, its instructional program, its business/financial operation or its personnel.
- Authorized charter schools must submit an annual financial and operations audit to its state approved authorizer. The state approved authorizers align its audit policies with the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools (ASBCS).
- ARS §15-183 (E) (6)
- The state approved authorizer must align its application with all aspects of ASRS §15-183 (C) (1) (a-e). The authorizer has the additional burden of aligning its application with the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools’ application.
- The state approved authorizer must post online its charter school authorization and reauthorization policies as well as its application.
- Monitoring and evaluation policies of the state approved authorizer shall equal or exceed those of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.
- Reauthorization standards and process shall follow ARS §15-183 (I) (1-4) and align with ASBCS renewal policies.
The state approved authorizer shall send copies of board meeting minutes in pdf format to AZ CSP within 30 days of a public meeting wherein review of the sponsor’s policies are announced in the agenda or if the AZ CSP awardee charter school(s) is reviewed during the meeting.
The state approved authorizer may contract as a vendor with the authorized charter school to provide business and financial services, human resources services, special education services and other operation services to the charter schools. All services must be defined in a contract identifying the types of services provided and the costs of those services.
The state approved authorizer may lease facility space and/or land space to the charter school.
2015-2017 Application Documents
- AZ CSP 2015-17 Round IITraining Agenda 11-07-13
- CSP Grant Round I TimeLine
- AZ CSP 2015-17 Round 1Training Agenda 8-22-13
- CSP Grant Round II Timeline
- 2013-2016 Project Year Charts
- Monitoring Handbook – 2013-14
- Fiscal Monitoring
- Return of Funds
- Parent Resources
- References and Resources
- Charter School Information
- CSP Nonregulatory Guidance January 2014
- 2015-2017 Round II Application Training 11-07-2013
- 2015-2017 Round I Application Training
- CSP Monitoring Training 09-16-13
- Identifying Leading Indicators of Success in Charter Schools - February 15, 2012