Charter Schools are Public Schools

MYTH: Charter schools are not public schools.

FACT: As defined in federal and state law, charter schools are public schools. They must meet the same academic standards that all public schools are required to meet:

  • tuition-free and open to all students
  • non-sectarian, and do not discriminate on any basis
  • publicly funded by local, state, and federal tax dollars based on enrollment, like other public schools; and
  • held accountable to state and federal academic standards


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