About Charter Schools

Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The “charter” establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.  Charter Schools follow state benchmarks and standards. Students will be assessed using standardized testing with the continued goal to have every student meeting or exceeding the state standards.

Benefits of Charter Schools

• Increase opportunities for learning and access to quality education for all students
• Create choice for parents and students within the public school system
• Provide a system of accountability for results in public education
• Encourage innovative teaching practices
• Create new professional opportunities for teachers
• Encourage community and parent involvement in public education
• Leverage improved public education broadly

Common Misconceptions about Charter Schools

• Charter Schools are NOT tuition-based
• Charter Schools are NOT private institutions, they are public schools funded with state dollars

Will the charter school cost money or increase my taxes?
No.  Charter schools are public schools and do not cost money to attend.  There is also no increase in tax levy for a charter vs. non-charter school.  The implementation of a Charter school will NOT increase taxes.