Since a lot of you have been asking what separates charter schools from public or private schools, I thought I would take this blog post to describe exactly what a charter school is and how it differs from these other institutions. The article “Public vs. Private vs. Charter Schools” gives a brief break down on exactly how charter schools are different than others.
Referring to the article above, charter schools are a mixture between public and private schools. These combinations are displayed through a multitude of ways such as receiving a portion of public funding like public schools, but unlike public schools, they have to abide by the rules of their charter in able to continue operating. Since charter schools don’t get all of their money from the state, most of their money is raised through other outside organizations. Also, unlike public schools where students are districted to a certain school or could be forced to go to another school do to a disability, or private schools where a student has to pay tuition to attend; charter schools are based off of a lottery system. This system is where anyone who wants to attend the charter school can put their name in the lottery system with hopes of their name being drawn. They use this system in order to make the process of acceptance fair. Unlike other schools, teachers in charter schools do not have to have as many certifications pertaining to their teaching level, but that does not mean that they are not qualified to teach, there are just less strict guidelines to abide by. Although these differences may be a little confusing, just stayed tuned in order to continue learning about these schools.
I hope this cleared some things up for you guys, and I hope you continue to join me each week.