Oakland charter school chain gets $6M Obama grant

OAKLAND, CA

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that Aspire Public Schools is one of 12 charter school management organizations that will receive $50 million in grants.

Aspire is the only California group among the grant recipients.

The nonprofit organization currently operates 30 charter schools serving nearly 10,000 mostly low-income students in California.

Aspire officials says the new grant will allow the organization to serve an additional 4,500 students.

Last week, Aspire Public Schools received a $1 million grant from Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network.

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