United Preparatory Academy – Main Street Receives Continuation Funds from State

Columbus, Ohio – United Preparatory Academy – Main (UPAM) is the recipient of $250,000  from the Ohio Department of Education’s Charter School Program (CSP) grant. The award, which is funded by the US Department of Education, aims to significantly increase access to high-performing public charter education opportunities for Ohio’s most disadvantaged students.

“As we begin our second year, this grant will give us the support we need as we continue to grow,” said Valerie Kunze, UPAM School Director. “These funds also allow us to purchase researched-based curriculum to meet the needs of our scholars and to build libraries for each of our classrooms.”

To be eligible to apply for the grant, charter school sponsors must receive an overall rating of “Effective” or “Exemplary” on the most recent annual sponsor evaluation and earn a score of 3 or better for quality standards. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, UPAM’s sponsor organization, met all criteria.

“We believe every child deserves access to a high-quality education, no matter the zip code in which they are born,” said United Schools Network’s founder and CEO, Andrew Boy. “We are extremely grateful to the State of Ohio for this generous investment in our students and to the Fordham Institute for their continued support of our schools.”

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About United Schools Network USN is a nonprofit charter management organization that began as a single middle school, Columbus Collegiate Academy, in 2008. USN currently serves more than 800 students in four schools for grades K-8. USN is dedicated to transforming lives and our communities through the power of education. Admission is open to all students; academic proficiency is not considered in the admissions process. Seventy-five percent of USN students are of color and over 90 percent are economically disadvantaged. Additional information about USN can be found at http://www.unitedschoolsnetwork.org.

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