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 eigth grade teacher at Aspire Hanley Middle School, a charter school in Memphis, Tenn., asked students to sign a letter that outlined the rules. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Tennessee teacher's 'petty' note restricting bathroom and nurse breaks goes viral, sparks outrage," 7 Sep. 2018 About a dozen of those activists were students at the Steel City Academy charter school in Gary, a new school where the student body is largely opposed because the facility is less than 100 feet from the school’s main entrance. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary recycling facility gets 6-month permit extension; protests continue," 12 July 2018 Some onlookers — including State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, the chairwoman of the state Senate’s Education Committee — have proposed turning Havasupai Elementary into a charter school. Alden Woods, azcentral, "In the Grand Canyon, Havasupai parents want to regain control over failing school," 10 July 2018 The organization operates a charter school for young adults, offering a high school diploma program. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Garbage collectors in training bag good jobs," 29 May 2018 Teachers at most charter schools in California aren't unionized. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Why charter school backers are spending big in California's governor's race | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 The shooting occurred in front of a local charter school, although The Washington Post reported that students there were not involved in the incident. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "15-Year-Old Jaylyn Wheeler Was Fatally Shot Outside of His High School in Washington, D.C.," 18 May 2018 Another 21,000 are enrolled in charter schools unaffected by the strike. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Denver teachers, officials negotiate to try to end strike," 12 Feb. 2019 Los Angeles is among the top 10 school districts in the nation for the number of students in charter schools, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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