The U. S. Department of Education announced today that UP Education Network will receive a $4.3 million, five-year grant through its Charter Schools Program (CSP), which funds the expansion of proven, high-quality public charter schools across the nation.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s press release: “They [this year’s grantees] are particularly focused on educating students who would otherwise be enrolled in low-performing schools and on encouraging diversity within their student populations.”
UP Education Network has restarted and continues to manage three schools in Boston and two in Lawrence, serving 2,600 of the state’s historically underserved students, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Two of its schools in Boston were launched as Horace Mann (in-district) charter schools. UP Education Network utilizes several vehicles through which it transforms underperforming district schools, of which the Horace Mann charter school vehicle is key. This CSP grant will enable UP to restart additional district schools in partnership with more communities in Massachusetts, helping UP grow from serving 1,225 students in in-district charters in SY 2015-16 to 4,290 students by SY 2020-21.
“We are honored to be one of just 12 school management organizations recognized as high-quality public school providers to be named a grantee this year,” said Scott Given, CEO of UP Education Network. “UP is an example of how organizations can find innovative ways to partner with local school districts to turn around their lowest-performing schools, and ultimately lead to better outcomes for our students.”