What is a Charter School?

What is a charter school?

  • Charter schools foster a relationship between parents, teachers and students.
  • Charter schools create an environment in which parents can be more involved, and teachers are given the freedom to innovate.
  • Charter schools are designed around the needs of students.

Choice

  • A public school open to anyone wishing to attend;  enrollment is open to students in any district or location based on space availability.
  • A tuition free public school funded through the state
  • No local tax levy in support of charter schools
  • A school that provides families choice in public education

Accountability

  • A school that is governed by the parents of the students who attend the school and the staff that are employed at the school
  • Parents and teachers acting through a Board establish a learning program and oversees management of the school
  • Staffed by licensed teachers;  teachers are not tenured.
  • Accountable for academic outcomes, to parents and to the state
  • Fiscal accountability to parents, school authorizer and the state

Innovation

  • Operated independently from the school district in which they are located
  • Sponsored by an authorizing organized and approved by the state of Minnesota
  • Renewal decided every three years by the authorizing organization
  • Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Charter School Success Formula:

Flexibility + Expectations + Accountability + (attitude) = ACHIEVEMENT

A Primer on Minnesota Charter Schools and Statistics 2012-2013

What is a charter school?

· Charter schools foster a relationship between parents, teachers and students.

· Charter schools create an environment in which parents can be more involved, and teachers are given the freedom to innovate.

· Charter schools are designed around the needs of students.

Choice

A public school open to anyone wishing to attend; enrollment is open to students in any district or location based on space availability.

A tuition free public school funded through the state

No local tax levy in support of charter schools

A school that provides families choice in public education

Accountability

A school that is governed by the parents of the students who attend the school and the staff that are employed at the school

Parents and teachers acting through a Board est

What is a charter school?

  • Charter schools foster a relationship between parents, teachers and students.
  • Charter schools create an environment in which parents can be more involved, and teachers are given the freedom to innovate.
  • Charter schools are designed around the needs of students.

Choice

•          A public school open to anyone wishing to attend;  enrollment is open to students in any district or location based on space availability.

•          A tuition free public school funded through the state

•          No local tax levy in support of charter schools

•          A school that provides families choice in public education

Accountability

•          A school that is governed by the parents of the students who attend the school and the staff that are employed at the school

•          Parents and teachers acting through a Board establish a learning program and oversees management of the school

•          Staffed by licensed teachers;  teachers are not tenured.

•          Accountable for academic outcomes, to parents and to the state

•          Fiscal accountability to parents, school authorizer and the state

Innovation

•          Operated independently from the school district in which they are located

•          Sponsored by an authorizing organized and approved by the state of Minnesota

•          Renewal decided every three years by the authorizing organization

•          Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Charter School Success Formula:

Flexibility + Expectations + Accountability + (attitude) = ACHIEVEMENT

ablish a learning program and oversees management of the school

Staffed by licensed teachers; teachers are not tenured.

Accountable for academic outcomes, to parents and to the state

Fiscal accountability to parents, school authorizer and the state

Innovation

Operated independently from the school district in which they are located

Sponsored by an authorizing organized and approved by the state of Minnesota

Renewal decided every three years by the authorizing organization

Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Charter School Success Formula:

Flexibility + Expectations + Accountability + (attitude) = ACHIEVEMENT