La Crosse, Sparta charter schools receive federal grants

Wisconsin DPI announced total of $8.7 million from the five year federal program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction awarded two charter schools in the Coulee Region with federal grant money.

The Coulee Region Virtual Academy in La Crosse and the Innovations STEM Academy in Sparta will receive grants, $536,109 and $650,625 respectively.

This is the fifth round of funding through a grant program awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to support charter school activities in Wisconsin. The program awards for three purposes: planning and implementation subgrants for charter schools opening in fall 2023, implementation subgrants for charter schools that recently opened or will open in 2022, and subgrants to aid the expansion of existing high-quality charter schools.

The Coulee Region Virtual Academy is listed as an implementation subgrant, while Sparta’s Innovations STEM Academy is listed for expansion.

The application period for the sixth round of competitive charter school subgrants for the 2023-24 school year opens this fall.

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