Charter Schools Explained
There are more types of schools in America than ever before, and another type which many people are beginning to get used to are charter schools - something which has been changing the landscape of education for good. Whereas many public schools are held accountable through the use of rules and regulations which are set by the authorities, charter schools opt to outline their own remit for which they will be held accountable against.
Despite this specialty, charter schools are deemed public and attendance is optional and the fees to attend are free. The schools can also receive monetary aid from donors in addition to the funding which is distributed to them through Government. In this article, we are going to look closer at the role of charter schools and how they differ from conventional public schools.
There can be some worries amongst parents whether their children will get the consistent education that they need through charter schools. Before such an organization can open, stringent checks are conducted on the school's credentials in order to assess how efficient the school might be. Also, the school is completely accountable for the performance of their students and they go under frequent assessment to make sure that they are up to standards and that they are rigorously following the charter which was established in the first instance.
The concept of a charter school is to remove some of the restrictions that teachers or even parents might feel are in place in normal public schools. As such, they get the opportunity to establish their own practice in order to teach in a way that they see fit. It has been compared to an accountant opening their own firm, or a hairdresser opening their own salon.
Progress has been made regarding this movement in the past 20 years particularly, and the first state to allow charter schools was Minnesota back in 1991. As of this year, all but nine states have some sort of law in place which allows for charter schools to be formed - and for students to attend if there is a wish to do so.
The majority of schools which have a charter status are brand-new with on average a lower intake of students when compared to conventional schools. Current public schools can have the ability to convert to a new status, although this is typically regarded as something which is rare because of the procedures which a current school would need to follow.
Of course, like with anything else that is not-for-profit, it is sad but true that funding can be a large barrier which can restrict many charter schools from reaching their full potential. The monetary resources that a charter school might have is completely dependent on which state an organization is in, and what that particular state's policy is on this type of organization. It is hoped that there are going to be more educational organizations of this type in the future, which gives students and parents even more choice in their learning career.
More Information On Charter Schools
- 4Choice - A workable school choice plan
- Alliance for Separation of School & State
- Center for Education Reform
- Charter Schools Development Center- Provides experienced and expert technical assistance, training, and resources to California charter school developers, operators, charter-granting agencies, and policy makers.
- The Charter School Project
- Charter Schools Development Center
- Children's Educational Opportunity Foundation
- Charter Schools Development Center
- The National Charter School Clearinghouse
- U.S. Charter Schools- The best site on the net for charter school information. Everything you need to know to start your own charter school.