Introduction to Charter Schools Elementary or secondary schools Receive public money Freed of rule, regulation, and statutes that apply to other public schools Freedom in exchange for some type of accountability for results. Attendance is by choice
History of Charter Schools Idea originated by Ray Budde and Albert Shanker in 1968 Operate like a private business Minnesota was first state with charter school law in 1991. As of now, 41 states and Washington D.C. have charter school laws.
Structure of Charter Schools Operate as autonomous public schools Accountable for student achievement 12.5% of 5,000 Charter School have closed Rules of schools depend on state legislation and differ from state to state
Funding Dictated by the state Many use per-pupil state aid from school district May receive funding from private donors or foundations 61 cents to every dollar for their district peer traditional public school $6,585 per pupil- Charter Schools $10,771 per pupil at traditional public schools Receive less public funding that traditional Portion of charter schools’ operating costs can come from sources outside public funding. With private funds, federal, and ‘other income’ charter school can have more money per pupil, depending on school
Results: Charter school students do better than public school children in state performance standards Mainly among white non-Hispanic males Have a parent with a high school degree Better in both math and reading
Positives of Charter Schools Examples http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogVQV12wCe8
Opportunity to model new ways of education for public schools Students are succeeding More opportunity More choice