HOW WILL CHARTER SCHOOLS BENEFIT MY CONSTITUTENTS?
The educational needs of some children are not being met in their current school setting. Parents who want to change that setting, however, do not have that option unless they can afford private school tuition or unless they are in a position to homeschool. Charter schools offer those parents the opportunity to send their children to – and even help design and/or govern – a public school that meets those needs. This results in a sense of “ownership” among the parents who choose to send their children to the schools, which leads to a higher level of parental involvement in helping the school succeed.
HOW WILL CHARTER SCHOOLS IMPACT MY SCHOOL DISTRICTS?
Local school districts can benefit because charter schools offer an opportunity for new teaching methods, new curricula, extra emphasis on reading or math or some other subject, variations in schedules, etc. to be tested in a smaller setting than an entire school or district. As these methods are implemented, they can be “fine-tuned” much more easily in a small setting. Once they are perfected, other schools or entire districts can choose whether or not to adopt them on a larger scale. Another benefit for local districts is that charter schools can relieve overcrowding.
WILL CHARTER SCHOOLS REQUIRE THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FACILITIES?
No. Charter schools meet wherever they can find space! Because no funding is provided for construction, charter schools must fund their own classroom and office space within their operating budget. Usually this means they will lease space or have space donated to them, but in some cases in other states, they have raised funding to purchase or build a building.
HOW ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS FUNDED?
As public schools, charters are not allowed to charge tuition, and they are publicly funded according to enrollment. Charter schools may also solicit and receive contributions.