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An operator of charter schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is in line to receive $9.6 million in federal funding, with plans to spend the money on expansion.

RePublic Schools, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was one of 12 charter school networks awarded funding Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.

“Charter schools are helping to close gaping inequalities that have existed, in some cases, across generations,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call.

The federal government will give RePublic $3.8 million this year, and recommends the operator receive another $5.8 million in future years if Congress appropriates money.

“This will allow us to expand and replicate our model, to serve more kids,” RePublic CEO Ravi Gupta said in a telephone interview. “It gives us startup funds to start new schools.”

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