Nevada Receives Millions to Support Quality Charter School Education


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - September 28, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval and Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero are pleased to announce that Nevada has been selected to receive an award from the U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program (CSP). The first year grant allotment is more than $7.8 million with a potential allotment over three years of more than $16 million.

“Every student in Nevada has unique abilities and challenges. Charter schools provide an arena for educators to use innovative methods to develop a curriculum that will help meet the needs of our students and set them on a path toward college and career readiness,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I would like to thank Superintendent Canavero for his tireless pursuit of these important funds.”

“Today’s announcement affirms the work that’s been done in Nevada to support high-quality public charter schools,” said Interim Superintendent Canavero. “It is critical that every child has the opportunity to attend an excellent school. These funds will enable Nevada to continue on its course of reform to strengthen accountability and quality of charter schools in Nevada that serve educationally disadvantaged students.”

“I would like to personally thank Patrick Gavin, Director of the State Public Charter School Authority, and the Nevada State Grants team for their efforts to secure this funding which will support quality charter school education in Nevada,” concluded Canavero.

Nevada is one of eight states to be awarded a CSP grant. These grant dollars will be disbursed through a state-level grant competition to support new and expanded public charter schools and achieve the following grant project objectives:

  1. Increase the number of high-quality charter schools in Nevada, especially those serving students who are at greatest risk of not meeting state academic standards.
  2. Improve student achievement in Nevada charter schools, particularly for students who have historically underachieved (graduation rates and career/college enrollment).
  3. Promote the high-quality dissemination of Nevada charter school best practices to other schools.
  4. Strengthen the overall quality of the Nevada charter authorizing and CSP grant administrative infrastructure.


Office of the Governor
 . 101 North Carson Street . Carson City, NV 89701 . (775) 684-5670 
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