What Are Charter Schools?

Charter schools are autonomous entities that operate on a contractual basis between the organizers of the school and the charter school’s sponsor (the local school board). The Legislature says that charter schools shall be a part of the state’s program of public education, thus charter schools are public schools. They are non-secular, non-discriminatory and do not charge tuition. Charter schools are non-selective in their admissions process. Perhaps the biggest difference between charter schools and traditional public schools is that charter schools are based on a performance contract which provides a clear accountability in exchange for freedom from restrictive regulations.

Why Charter Schools?

  • Smaller class size offers a greater opportunity for improvement in learning.
  • Increases choice of learning opportunities for students.
  • Encourages the use of different and innovative learning methods.
  • Establishes accountability for schools.
  • Requires the measurement of learning outcomes.
  • Makes the school the unit for improvement.
  • Creates new and innovative professional communities for teachers.