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Charter School Benefits

The intention of most charter school legislation is to:

 

  • Increase opportunities for learning and access to quality education for all students

  • Create choice for parents and students within the public school system

  • Provide a system of accountability for results in public education

  • Encourage innovative teaching practices

  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers

  • Encourage community and parent involvement in public education

  • Leverage improved public education broadly

 

People establish charter schools for a variety of reasons. The founders generally fall into three groups: grassroots organizations of parents, teachers and community members; entrepreneurs; or existing schools converting to charter status. According to the first-year report of the National Study of Charter Schools, the three reasons most often cited to create a charter school are to:

 

  • Realize an educational vision

  • Gain autonomy

  • Serve a special population

Parents and teachers choose charter schools primarily for educational reasons--high academic standards, small class size, innovative approaches, or educational philosophies in line with their own. Some also have chosen charter schools for their small size and associated safety (charter schools serve an average of 250 students).

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