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The Definition of Charter School

What is a charter school?

 

  • Tuition-free public school
  • Allows families to choose where to send their children.
  • Admits students based on a random selection process if more students attempt to enroll for admission than can be accommodated.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding personnel, scheduling, curriculum, and instruction.
  • Governed by an independent governing board that is a tax-exempt organization.
  • Established and operated under the terms of a charter contract between governing board and chartering authorizer.