About Charter Schools
How do Charter Schools Operate?
Charter schools operate from 3 basic principles:
Accountability: Charter schools are held accountable for how well they educate children in a safe and responsible environment, not for compliance with district and state regulations. In exchange for freedom from these regulations, charter operators promise to fulfill a set of academic and operational goals laid out in their charter and how well they manage the fiscal and operational responsibilities entrusted to them.
Choice: Almost anyone interested in creating a better educational opportunity for children can start a charter school. Parents, teachers, community groups, and organizations have already started charter schools in many communities across the U.S. Charters can be focused on a specialized curriculum, like the Arts, or they may serve special student populations, such as at-risk students. Some schools use progressive educational approaches and others use more back-to-basic approaches. Charter schools are sponsored by entities that want to foster innovation and excellence in schools: state and local school boards, and colleges and universities. Students choose to attend, and teachers choose to each at charter schools.
Autonomy: Charter schools are autonomous. They are freed from the traditional bureaucracy and regulations that divert the energy of most traditional public schools.
(Source - The Center for Education Reform)