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28. they are basically public schools
we have to go by public school state and local regs. we must report to the state like any other public school. but:

we have on-site management. we don't always have to go the district for every decision. we have our own board.

we can have our own curriculum, as long as state teaching standards are met. there are certain things that must be covered every year for every grade, but we have a choice of how to get there.

we choose our students through a lottery in the spring. we literally put the names of applicants in a hat and draw them out per grade. the remainder are put on a waiting list. this way, everyone has the same chance of getting in, there is no bias, as we are accused of having.

our teachers have contracts that are either renewed or not at the end of the year. i don't know about hiring and firing at will, but i have seen good teachers let go for unclear reasons. (in the public school, i see horrible teachers who stay on and on, teachers who insult children, have a racial bias towards them, and 'lose' their homework over and over. but their contracts are continually renewed.)

these are the main differences. charters are stilll free public schools, but many of them have the feel of a private school, because they have more freedom in their process.

we have one charter school that was supposed to be very alternative. well, after a few years and a new head, it has turned into a regular mainstream school.

one small private school did 'go charter,' when they realized that the cost was prohibitive to many people.

one middle school is an outward bound school with 40% of the time spent outside the classroom on field trips, four of them a week long (they are leaving on one today to go winter camping in the mountains). this is where i work and one of my daughters is a student.

there is an outward bound type high school opening up this fall. the format is the same as the middle school, since one man created them both.

charter schools were originally intended to give students an alternative education that was free. not everyone does well in the public school system. some kid do fine, nostly the average ones. others, the not-so-average from either having disabilities or being gifted, have different learning styles that may be better addressed in a different atmosphere. not everyone can afford private schools, so charter schools were supposed to fill that niche between public and private.

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