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 opened in 1998 to serve the region’s most at-risk high school students — those who have failed in traditional schools and, in many cases, run afoul of the law. Jill Tucker,, "SF’s Treasure Island school dorm ready for students in need: ‘They’re saving kids’," 26 July 2019 Beginning in 2020, all state public schools, including charter schools, will have to comply with either sponsoring a summer meals program or providing space for another sponsor to operate a program. NBC News, "Hunger takes no summer break: When school's out, the challenge is how to feed more kids," 10 July 2019 The plaintiffs charge that segregated charter schools are part of the problem. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Racial integration laws exempting charter schools might be unconstitutional, MN judge rules," 13 June 2019 Developers have finally opened up about the plan which includes a charter school, cafe, coworking space, and more than 230 housing units. Ray Boyd,, "Overdose death changes two families forever; The future of Germantown High School | Morning Newsletter," 6 June 2019 Chicago is a one-party town, like most big cities, but it’s riven by bitter divisions over charter schools, merit pay, and other hallmarks of contemporary education reform. Jonathan Zimmerman, The New York Review of Books, "The Uncivil War Over Schools," 21 Mar. 2019 More than 30 public charter schools are already open on reservations across the country, and the number is growing. Alden Woods, azcentral, "In the Grand Canyon, Havasupai parents want to regain control over failing school," 10 July 2018 The Sacramento County Office of Education began investigating the charter school in February of last year, after the California Department of Education raised red flags about its reimbursement practices. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Adult charter could lose state funds, face sanctions after state review finds questionable practices," 3 July 2018 Virtual charter schools are notable exceptions in several areas. Shaina Cavazos, Indianapolis Star, "How are Indiana charter schools doing? 9 things to know from the state’s 1st study," 7 Apr. 2018

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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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