Can parents choose the school?

Parents choose whether to send their children to charter schools; the district does not assign students to them. In many states, more than half the students in charter schools are minority students, and in some cases, the percentage of low-income and disabled students exceeds the percentage of those students in regular public schools. Schools sponsored by a local district will be open to all students in that district. If room will allow, they may admit students from other districts. Schools sponsored by the state will be open to any student in the state. Organizers will be required to publicize the existence of the school and the procedures for enrollment. At least one public meeting is required where the organizers provide information and answer questions.

By law, charter schools must have a fair and open admissions process, conducting outreach and recruitment to all segments of the community they serve. If more students apply than there is room to accommodate, names will be drawn, although limited preference (no more than 10% of the student population) will be given to teachers’ children and siblings of students already in the school. In the first year, preference may also be given to children of the organizers of the school, but that, too, is very limited.


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