Charter schools basically are tuition-free schools that are publicly funded yet independently operated and managed. The concept of charter schools was conceived in Minnesota over twenty years ago a means to reduce red tape in the public school system and to allow educators more freedom to innovate their teaching methods. Today, in Texas, over 100,000 students are on waiting lists to sign up for a free public charter school.
Over the years, charter schools have become an important national education movement spanning 44 states plus D.C. and today, we can find more than 7,000 schools in America counting over 3 million students.
Charter schools are exempt from the many state regulations and laws that are governing our traditional public school system but in return, charter schools are legally bound to the strict terms of a “charter”, or a contract, that in detail lays out the school’s mission, purpose, academic goals, accountability requirements, and fiscal guidelines.