Parenting on Purpose:  Charter Schools-Part 2

We have been talking in the last blog post about charter schools and how they work.  In Part 2 we will talk about who exactly runs them?

Charter schools have a principal and a leadership team, much like public schools.  They also have a board that works directly with that school, governing decisions, funding, staffing and many other areas.  They are not governed directly by the local school board, who are elected officials. Though the charter has a charter agreement with the public school board, the influence stops there.  The charter board governs the charter and they are volunteers who are chosen through a process within the charter school itself.

The local school district authorizes the charter school to be in their district, generally focusing on a specific need that the charter sees is not being met within the local school district.  The local school district, as well as the charter, are governed by state law as well.  The laws vary according to the state.   The local school district has the power to approve and close charter schools.  Appeals on both ends of this spectrum can generally be made to the state who has an appeal-hearing board, should the charter disagree with the local school district’s decision.  Authorizers can include, independent charting boards, state education agencies, higher education institutions, non-educational government entities such as a mayor’s office, nonprofit organizations, and local education agencies or school districts (2018, Education Week).

Most charter schools just have one campus, however, larger organizations are beginning to open multiple schools across the country.  In Part 3 we will take a look at whether or not charter schools are non-profit.

Yours for better parenting,

Rich