“A legislative strategy for transforming public education by harnessing the powerful dynamics of choice, competition, and accountability.” James N. Goenner, Ph.D.
Charter schools are:
- Tuition free
- Funded by state and federal taxpayer dollars
- Held accountable to all applicable state and federal laws
- Open to all and do not discriminate on any basis
- Help States withdraw the exclusive geographic franchises given to school districts and allow others to provide public education
- Create new public schools that provide competition for existing schools and provide parents with choice
- Free schools from unnecessary rules and regulations, in exchange for producing results.
- Establish authorizers that charter and oversee schools, but unlike a school district do not own or operate them
- Ensure these new public schools are dually accountable: to the marketplace of parental choice and to the standards of the public interest
The Charter School Idea
“There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come…”
Charter schools are an idea that is transforming public education by harnessing the powerful dynamics of choice, competition, and accountability. As with any powerful idea, there is an underlying philosophy that defines it…
- Choice and competition are necessary to force the educational system to change and improve itself over time.
- Schools should be free and open to all students regardless of where they live or their economic status.
- The state should fund students, not institutions.
- Parents should be empowered to choose the schools that best meets the needs of their children and the funding should follow.
We believe chartering is a powerful idea… and its time has come. To us, chartering represents an opportunity for people to create, innovate and excel.
States plus the District of Columbia Operating Charter Schools
Charter Schools Operating
Approximate Students Served
*Source: Center for Education Reform – 2011-12 National Charter School Statistics
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End in Mind…
WINNING FOR KIDS