Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools putting students first.

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools open to all. Public charter schools strengthen the public school system by offering more kids an opportunity for a great public education at schools that meet their needs. Charter public schools have a deep commitment to ensuring students are prepared for college, career, and life. Charter schools offer personal attention, creativity, and passionate teaching that kids need to learn.

Charter schools are different from traditional district schools in three ways:

Choice: Parents select the school their child attends, instead of being assigned to a school based on where they live. Teachers & principals choose to work in the school.

Flexibility: Charter schools are free to make timely decisions about developing curricula, structuring the school day, and hiring teachers who meet the needs of their students.

Accountability: Charter schools are governed by a nonprofit community board and are held to high academic, financial, and organizational standards. Charter schools are held accountable for improved student achievement and closed if performance is consistently low.

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