Designed to enhance the school-choice options under No Child Left Behind, this program provides states with $18.7 million to alleviate their charter school facilities costs. The competition aims to encourage states to develop and expand per-pupil facilities aid programs and to share in the costs related to the management and operation of charter schools. Some states already have per-pupil facilities aid programs in place. For a state to be eligible to receive a grant, its program must be specified in state law and must provide annual matching funds on a per-pupil basis for charter school facilities. States with existing programs are eligible to receive a grant only if they increase the funding level of per-pupil facilities aid programs for charter schools.

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