Charter Schools:

Use of Start-Up Grant Funds

HEHS-98-150R: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.

Additional Materials:


Carlotta C. Joyner
(202) 512-3000


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on charter schools' use of start-up funds, focusing on the: (1) funds charter schools received for the 1996 to 1997 school year; and (2) amount of funds awarded to states under this program for fiscal years 1995-1997.

GAO noted that: (1) from fiscal year (FY) 1995 through FY 1997, the Department of Education awarded charter school start-up grants to 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; (2) for this period, the amount of funds states received ranged from about $240,000 to over $6 million; (3) in turn, states have provided these funds to charter schools; (4) more than half of the charter schools in GAO's survey received start-up funds ranging from $7,000 to $84,000; (5) a majority of these schools used the funds for curriculum materials and school equipment, facilities leases and renovation, and technology; and (6) charter schools that did not receive start-up grants were: (a) ineligible for grants under their state guidelines; (b) unsuccessful in competing for a grant; (c) did not know about the program; or (d) chose not to apply.

Jan 27, 2021

Jan 19, 2021

Jan 11, 2021

Dec 10, 2020

Nov 19, 2020

Oct 15, 2020

Oct 14, 2020

Sep 29, 2020

Aug 27, 2020

Jul 24, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here