Oakland charter school chain gets $6M Obama grant

September 30, 2010 12:24:41 AM PDT
An Oakland-based charter school organization has been awarded a $6 million grant from the Obama administration to open 15 new schools throughout California.

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.