WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
A charter school is a tuition-free public school that is independently run. It receives greater flexibility in exchange for increased accountability. The school is established by a “charter,” which is a performance contract describing key elements of the school.
The main difference between traditional public schools and public charter schools is that charters have the ability to make their own administrative and educational decisions, such as choosing the requirements for their teachers, using a different curriculum, designing their academic schedule, and deciding how to spend their funding. Because of this freedom, charter schools are able to quickly adjust to meet the needs of their students. Charter schools play an important role in school innovation and improvement.
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Thank you to Maureen Moose and the Birmingham Education Foundation for their partnership in producing and publishing these resources.