The first charter school opened in 1991. Now, decades later, there are nearly 6,800 charter schools serving over 3 million children in 48 states and the District of Columbia. This meteoric rise is in large part due to the successful way charter schools respond to the demands of parents, students, and educators, unburdened with the constraints of the red tape most traditional schools face. Charter Schools give direct, local accountability, choice, and freedom where it needs to be: the classroom.
Charter schools create individual learning environments and specialties unique to each school, allowing parents, children, and teachers to be more selective in how they achieve their educational goals.
As part of the public school system, charter schools must adhere to state laws, but they are freed from much of the administrative red tape that stifles traditional public schools. Charter schools are better able to focus on students and acheiving academic results.
A charter school must demonstrate to an authorizing entity that it performs to established standards. This higher standard of accountability leads to better-performing, more viable schools.