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.
- 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
- 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
- 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