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Saturday December 15th 2018

Charter schools defined

“Charter schools are part of a sweeping educational reform that offers alternatives for parents and students and places the highest priority on providing a better education. Charter schools are funded much like a public school, but each charter school is governed privately. Unlike traditional public schools, every charter school must demonstrate success, or it will lose its charter. Charter schools can be managed by municipalities, private companies or individuals” (1). That is the definition of a Charter school as provided by Charter Schools USA one of the largest providers of charter school management.

Now for the plain English version. A charter school obtains a “charter” that allows it to operate independently from the local system but still using local, county, State and Federal funds. Charter schools have greater flexibility when it comes to class size, overall student size, curricula and teaching methods. Charter schools are governed by a governing board rather than the local school board.

History

The charter school movement started as a reform idea. Educators wanting to teach outside of the standard norm were restrained in their efforts so came up with the idea of “charters” as a way to get around the restraints. In the 1970s, New England educator Ray Budde made the suggestion that small groups of educators be allowed through “charters”, issued by their local school boards, to explore these new teaching methods. Albert Shanker, former president of the AFT (American Federation of Teachers), took the concept and broadened it, suggesting that a local board could charter an entire school with union and teacher approval.

In the late 1980s Philadelphia started a program allowing educators to try out different methods within the school system. Parents were given a choice hence how the name school of choice came into use for a time. Throughout the 1980s the concepts were refined and the State of Minnesota was the first State to pass a charter school in 1991. The concept for the charter school was based on three basic values: opportunity, choice and responsibility for results.

Each state creates its own laws governing the creation and accountability of charter school. By 2003, the number of states with laws rose to 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. With laws in the place and local, county and state governments providing funding the Federal government got involved to aid the States in providing funding through grants. The U.S. Department of Education started funding grants in 1994 and dedicated $ 6 million in Federal funding. Today, there is roughly $200 million available in Federal grants to assist in the creation of more charter schools.

Charter schools today

Today there are more than 5,000 charters schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Charter Schools USA is one of the largest providers of charter school management services which include creation, planning, management, financing, construction and operation. There are other companies that provide the same services.

Charters schools have the flexibility to continue the original idea of teaching outside of the normal traditional methods. They are required to meet the education standards that public schools must meet. Failure to meet those standards can result in a charter school having their charter removed. The goal was for charter schools to provide better education than the current public school system.

A good deal of charter schools focus on a specific subject or concept. For example one school’s focus is Global Studies. The school still meets the regulatory standards but goes above those standards in the area of Global Studies. Some schools focus on math, technology, language arts or other subjects. There are some charter schools that have no specific focus other than providing a better education overall.

Do charter schools help the community

Charters school do help the community. The funding to build new schools is not always available to meet the growth of a county. Charter schools are a good alternative to get the schools necessary to meet the needs of the population. The charter schools allow the count school boards to focus on fewer schools as the charter schools are governed by their own governing body. Charter schools are funded by the governing body that creates the school. The funds come from state and Federal grants rather than coming from the education budget freeing up funds for public schools. Lastly, better educated children are always a benefit to any community.

Are charter schools living up to the hype?

Since charters schools formal inception there hasn’t been enough time or data to say one way or the other. The jury is split on whether charter schools are providing a better education than public schools. ” target=”_blank”>If you are faced with the decision of charter school or private school check out this article for some more information. Based on the data that is available it appears that charter schools are providing the same education that public schools are providing, instead of going above and beyond the public schools.

Charters schools have definitely relieved some of the issues plaguing our public schools and to that extent are worth the continued funding but as far as providing a “better” education that has yet to be seen.

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