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Group Awarded $10M To Attract Top Charter Schools To Nevada

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) — State officials have hired an organization that will help recruit high-quality charter school operators to expand into Nevada's neediest neighborhoods.

The Nevada Board of Examiners approved a $10 million contract Tuesday with Opportunity 180, a group run by former state school board member Allison Serafin.

The Nevada Legislature authorized the Charter School Harbor Master program last year with some Democrats opposed. Lawmakers set aside $10 million to contract with an organization that would then match those funds and help attract charter school operators to serve students living in poverty.

State Superintendent Steve Canavero said Tuesday that conversations with charter school operators have become more serious now that Nevada has allocated money to developing its charter school sector.

Charter schools receive public funding but operate more independently than public schools.