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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For the first time in its history, the island has passed laws providing vouchers for students to attend private schools and paving the way for charter schools. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "First Hurricane Maria, now this: a Puerto Rico town mourns the loss of its school," 15 June 2018 Even more students are currently enrolled in the state’s 650 charter schools. William Mattox, WSJ, "‘School Choice Moms’ Tipped the Governor’s Florida Race," 20 Nov. 2018 In recent weeks, the Supreme Court has gotten lots of attention because of high-profile rulings overturning the death penalty and life without parole for juveniles, as well as a ruling upholding the state’s reworked charter school law. Austin Jenkins, The Seattle Times, "Gonzalez vs. Choi: How much will a name help — or hurt — in a race for Washington State Supreme Court?," 31 Oct. 2018 Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images The Ohio House GOP Speaker was forced to resign and now faces an FBI corruption investigation and a charter schools controversy also haunts the GOP majority. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats suddenly look strong again in the Midwest," 25 Oct. 2018 Amendment 8 was one of the most controversial and prompted much debate on charter schools. Leslie Postal,, "Lawsuit seeks to block proposed constitutional Amendment 8 from ballot," 13 July 2018 His backers have attempted to tie Mr. Tuck to President Trump, who is unpopular in California, and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a longtime proponent of charter schools and vouchers. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Charters Fight Draws Big Money Into California Schools Chief Race," 4 Nov. 2018 Across the country school principals and teachers—both in traditional public schools and charter schools—are rethinking their approach to suspensions and expulsions for bad behaviour. The Economist, "Tough love falls out of fashion in America’s schools," 14 Apr. 2018 The Atlanta charter school isn’t the first to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Atlanta school drops schoolwide Pledge of Allegiance, asks students to instead recite ‘Wolf Pack Chant’," 2 Oct. 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of charter school

: 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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