“A legislative strategy for transforming public education by harnessing the powerful dynamics of choice, competition, and accountability.” James N. Goenner, Ph.D.
Charter schools are:
- Tuition free
- Funded by state and federal taxpayer dollars
- Held accountable to all applicable state and federal laws
- Open to all and do not discriminate on any basis
- Help States withdraw the exclusive geographic franchises given to school districts and allow others to provide public education
- Create new public schools that provide competition for existing schools and provide parents with choice
- Free schools from unnecessary rules and regulations, in exchange for producing results.
- Establish authorizers that charter and oversee schools, but unlike a school district do not own or operate them
- Ensure these new public schools are dually accountable: to the marketplace of parental choice and to the standards of the public interest
The legally binding performance agreement consisting of the academic, fiscal and operational terms between the authorizer and the charter school board.