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Loss Of $5.4M Federal Grant Could Stall Charter School Growth In N.H.

Michael Brindley for NHPR

New Hampshire has lost out on a federal grant that would have helped create more charter schools in the state.

The state Department of Education had applied for a $5.4 million, five-year grant.

The state was told Monday it was not one of the eight states selected by the US Department of Education to receive new grants.

New Hampshire was one of 27 states that applied.

The state received an $11.6 million grant in 2010, but that expired in July and the state only has about $600,000 left for new charter schools.


Without a new grant, it could be difficult for new charter schools to open in New Hampshire. The money helps charter schools with start-up costs for three years.

There are currently 25 charter schools open in the state.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.

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