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What is a charter school?

Charter schools provide parents a choice in the education of their children – and it is a public choice. Public tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools. Local, state, and federal dollars follow the child to a charter school. The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations, and no tuition.

Six legislative purposes of a charter school:
  1. Improve student learning;
  2. Increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on expanded learning
    experiences for students who are identified as at risk of academic failure or academically gifted;
  3. Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;
  4. Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunities to be
    responsible for the learning program at the school site;
  5. Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities
    that are available within the public school system; and
  6. Be accountable for meeting measurable student achievement results.
Source: North Carolina Office of Charter Schools