What exactly is a charter school?

Charter schools or free public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students. Charter schools vary in mission and model, serving a wide range of students, many with needs beyond a one-size-fits-all traditional public school. Often, charter schools provide a personalized learning environment that promotes greatest student achievement. Although charter schools have some autonomy, they still must meet the rigorous academic standards dictated by the state for all public schools.
On charter campuses, school leaders are permitted more freedom in managing their school, allowing them to respond in the best interest of both parents and students. Teachers at charter schools are encouraged to structure of lessons to the specific needs of the students. Some charter schools even provide curriculum that specializes in a certain field such as the arts, mathematics or science. Others provide a more efficient, general education based on the official model set forth in the charter.
Charter schools offer free quality nontraditional public education options.

How are charter schools funded?

Charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance of students (same as traditional public schools) however, they do not receive funds from local tax revenue and the majority, including Texas charters, could not receive state facilities funding. Texas education agency PDA data indicate that charter schools receive approximately $1200 less in total revenue per pupil than traditional public schools."

What is the purpose of charter schools?

  • Improve student learning
  • Increase the choice of learning opportunities within the public school system
  • Create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system
  • Establish a new form of accountability for public schools
  • Encourage different and innovative learning methods



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