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Charter Schools

  • By: Caven S. Mcloughlin & Robert J. Kubick
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Charter schools are independent public schools. As opposed to traditional public schools, which are operated by a local school district with oversight from the state education agency, charter schools are created and supervised by a group of founders. Founders can include parents, community leaders, and/or for-profit managers. The school's charter documents how the school will be operated; it includes the school's mission, philosophy, program and curriculum goals, assessment methods, and standards of performance.

The charter is provided to the founders according to state-specified guidelines. The state may authorize universities, local school boards, or a chartering board to issue charters. Charter schools typically receive funds in the same manner as traditional public schools, although they frequently have broader flexibility in overall management. For example, states often allow ...

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