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The Basics on Charter Schools

September 4, 2015
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  • What's a Charter School?

    Charter schools are public schools that operate under contracts, or “charters,” with their states or local authorities. They are open to all children, and they don’t charge tuition.  

    Charter schools have more freedom to innovate than traditional public schools. In exchange for greater freedom over curriculum, pedagogy, staffing, operations, calendar and culture, charters are held accountable for meeting or exceeding rigorous academic, financial, and managerial expectations.

    Sources

    National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education: Fast Facts
    National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: FAQs