Charter schools are public schools created by parents, educators and communities to provide innovation in the classroom and an alternative to traditional public schools. A "charter" is essentially a contract: charter schools operate free from red tape and regulation, and in return they are held to high standards for student achievement. Unlike a traditional public school, if a charter school does not meet these high standards, they are shut down.
Charter schools represent one of the fast-growing movements in education.
The original California charter law proposes to:
Charter schools are public, tuition-free, and non-religious. Admission is determined by lottery. Because no one is required to go to a charter school, charter schools must meet and exceed parent expectations in order to keep their students.
Many of the best schools in Los Angeles are Charter Schools.
For more information on what a charter school is, please visit the California Charter School Association (CCSA).