charter school


Definition of charter school

: a tax-supported school established by a charter between a granting body (such as a school board) and an outside group (as of teachers and parents) which operates the school without most local and state educational regulations so as to achieve set goals

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Newsom proposed prohibiting charter schools from blocking or disenrolling special education students who require more support for disabilities. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 State law requires charter schools to locate within the district that authorizes them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three Learn4Life charter school sites will be shut down on judge’s order," 12 June 2019 Around 50 students are currently officially registered to attend the charter school, officials said., "Threats, bullying delayed progress at Alabama charter school, officials say," 7 June 2019 Melton also authored unsuccessful bills that would have raised teachers’ salaries and prohibited new charter schools in Gary until 2024. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary Democrat Eddie Melton weighing bid for governor," 4 June 2019 While Pennsylvania’s charter law tasks school districts with authorizing charter schools, the state Department of Education authorizes cyber charters. Maddie Hanna,, "Pa. charter-school students lag in math, with cyber results ‘overwhelmingly negative,’ study says," 4 June 2019 The Microsoft co-founder’s legacy here includes opening the world’s largest private charity across the street from the Space Needle, creating housing for homeless families and supporting charter schools. Washington Post, "Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle," 30 June 2018 In a 2013 interview with Philanthropy Magazine, DeVos said her ultimate goals in education reform encompassed not just charter schools and voucher programs, but also virtual education. Longreads, "The Great Online School Scam," 21 Feb. 2018 Now the state is zeroing in on DeVos, a billionaire charter school advocate, and the changing mission of her department. NBC News, "DeVos agenda on higher education is a new front for Democratic resistance," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of charter school

1988, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of charter school

US : a school that is established by a charter, is run by teachers, parents, etc., and uses tax money but does not have to be run according to the rules of a city or state

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Kids Definition of charter school

: a public school that is established by a charter describing its programs and goals and is supported by taxes but does not have to be run according to many of the rules of a city or state

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