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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The charter school can then appeal to a state board — all while continuing to operate. Maddie Hanna,, "It takes a long time to close a charter school in Philly. Here's why," 3 July 2018 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of students who attend three schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District and two Detroit charter schools. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Judge says there's no fundamental right to learn to read and write," 1 July 2018 The charter schools sought a 100-year lease for the property. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: Charter schools say IPS rejected a multi-million dollar offer for Broad Ripple High School," 15 June 2018 Here’s an idea: Leave the best schools alone, and make sure the next mayor cares less about union support and more about the 47,800 children now sitting on New York’s charter school waiting list. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Attack on Educational Excellence," 12 June 2018 Over the past six years, Ohio schools sent more than $590 million to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow – the giant online charter school that abruptly shut its doors this winter. Hannah Sparling,, "Cincinnati schools sent $15M to now-defunct charter," 7 June 2018 Several of the children had attended the charter school. Jessica Anderson,, "Groundbreaking held for playground at lot where fire killed six children: 'It’s a celebration of life'," 6 June 2018 Knox said neither town commissioners nor Davidson residents have anything against the charter schools that are already flourishing in the northern suburbs. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "'Our kids aren't poker chips': Davidson bucks the town charter school trend | Charlotte Observer," 23 May 2018 The charter schools also participate in the same state testing, including STAAR and End of Course exams. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "New charter school set for fall opening in Cypress," 2 May 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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