Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has been awarded a 54 million dollar federal grant to aid top-performing charter schools and develop new ones. The Arizona Republic reports that the state plans to open nearly 100 new charter schools in the coming years. Arizona charter schools normally receive individual grants by applying directly to the U.S. Department of Education. But, this latest grant came after the federal government invited states to apply and use funds to increase the number of charter schools nationwide. Arizona will disperse the money incrementally. Schools can qualify for nearly 700 thousand dollars paid out over three years to help pay for new campuses and staff.