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What Are Charter Schools?



  • Charter schools are public schools of choice that serve all scholars;
  • Charter schools have open enrollment, are tuition-free, and facilitate public lotteries for admission;
  • Charter schools are created and managed by local educators, parents, and community leaders;
  • They operate independently from the traditional district governance structure, but are held accountable through local and state oversight of operations and academic outcomes;
  • Charter schools are authorized for five years, at which time they are renewed for continued operation or shut down;
  • California approved the Charter Schools Act in 1992, the second state in the nation behind Minnesota;
  • For nearly 30 years, California's charter schools have been reinventing public education and are viewed as a common sense option for scholars and families.