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Charter Schools

As parents search for better educational opportunities for their children, charter school are more popular than ever. In comparison to public schools, most parents feel that charter schools offer smaller class sizes, higher academic standards, unique instruction, specialized curriculum and an overall safer learning environment.

Charter schools are created in communities to fill a variety of needs. These needs may include: fulfillment of an educational philosophy, service of a specialized population of learner or to disassociate from the local school system and utilize other teaching methods and curriculum. Development of a charter school involves several stakeholders. These stakeholders include (but are not limited to): parents, teachers, administrators, community members and business people. In some cases, a local educational entity may choose to convert to a charter school to have increased flexibility in meeting the needs of its student population.

Charter schools are a type of public school that students can choose to go to. They generally have more flexibility and freedom than traditional public schools. Charter schools are sponsored by an entity such as a local school board or state and must be accountable to demonstrate improved academic results. Charter schools are developed using a charter which describes the schools character, mission, values and goals. Most states who have laws allowing for the establishment of charter schools, request these schools apply for a charter which usually lasts 3-5 years. In the application, the school usually must explain, in detail, their mission, goals, fiscal management plan and evaluation plan.

Charter schools receive financial backing through public funds. They are supported by both political parties are rapidly becoming one of the largest educational reform movements in history. Currently, in United States, there are almost 3,000 schools serving around 700,000 students.

Charter school laws are different in every state. If you are interested in enrolling your child in a charter school, check on the internet to find more information about specific programs of interest.

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