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Charter Schools

Charter schools represent an important experiment in U.S. public education. As privately operated public schools, charter schools depart from the “common school” model under which U.S. public schools have been operating for nearly two centuries. Charter schools differ in three key ways from the traditional model of public education in the United States. First, students or their parents choose to enroll in charter schools. Students are not assigned to a specific charter school by school districts or states, meaning that each charter school must compete with other charter schools and traditional public schools to attract students. Second, virtually all public funding for charter schools is tied directly to student enrollment, creating incentives for charter schools to offer educational options that parents will prefer over existing ...

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