WATCH: Understand What a Charter School Is (and What It Isn’t) in 100 Seconds or Less
- Charter schools are much more flexible than traditional public schools. They can have a longer school day and a longer school year. They can have much higher standards for behavior and academics. Charters must adhere to approved goals for student learning; if they do not meet those goals, the school can be shut down.
- Charter schools operate under a charter, or contract, with their state, school district, or authorizing agency. The charter governs how the school runs — its name, financing, curriculum, the grades it will teach, and how student success is measured.
- Many charter schools open in high-poverty areas, where the traditional public schools are low-performing.
- Most states have some form of charter schools. About 90% of the nation’s charter schools are nonprofits.
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