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Colorado Charter Schools

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In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute. Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

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Rebates for New School Buses

Please be aware that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened up two School Bus Rebate programs yesterday. These programs provide funding to replace older diesel buses with cleaner school buses.

  • View latest round of the DERA School Bus Rebates
  • The new 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) Electric School Bus Rebates can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/dera/2021-american-rescue-plan-arp-electric-school-bus-rebates
    • Note: The new ARP rebates exclusively fund electric school bus replacements at a rebate amount of $300,000 per bus, but the rebates are narrowly targeted to school districts estimated to have high student poverty levels. School districts and private fleets serving public schools must check the eligibility list at the link above to determine if they qualify to apply to this new program. The ARP rebate webpage also includes a table comparing the two rebate programs.

You will find separate applications, program guides, and FAQs at the two sites above. The programs will follow the same timeline, with applications due by Friday, November 5, 2021, at 4pm EST.

Bullying Prevention and Education Grant

Districts and BOCES can now apply for the Bullying Prevention and Education Grant, which is due Nov. 1. This state grant program is authorized to provide funding to reduce the frequency of bullying incidents within schools. Download the application here. For more information about the Bullying Prevention and Education Grant please contact Statewide Bullying Prevention manager Adam Collins at collins_a@cde.state.co.us.

Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant

CDE has reopened the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant application for the second round of applications. The application process will close on Friday, Oct. 29. The RFA is available for preview on CLSD's webpage. For questions, contact the CLSD Program Grant Manager, Stacey Smith at smith_s@cde.state.co.us.