Since their humble beginnings in 1992, with City Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, charter schools have expanded to 44 other states as well as the District of Columbia, and they now enroll well over 3.4 million students—roughly eight percent of all students nationwide. But while charter schools have been around for thirty years, many Americans remain unfamiliar with or confused about the basic concept.
What many don’t understand is that charter schools are public schools—funded by federal and state funds—but privately run. Charters serve as an alternative to public schools that often fail students, as is the case in virtually […]
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