What is a charter school?
A charter school is an independently run, tuition-free, public school granted greater flexibility in its operations (length of school day, class size, programs offered, etc.), in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, performance goals, and methods of assessment.
What is the difference between charter schools and other public schools?
Charter schools create choices for families who seek the most appropriate public school environment for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for upholding the promises made in their charters.