What is a Charter School?

What Is a Charter School?

The Texas legislature created public charter schools in February 1996 to, “have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students and encourage more innovation and education.” Public charter schools are a free alternative to traditional school settings.

Charter schools are public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students.  Charter schools vary in mission and model, serving a wide range of students, many with needs beyond the one-size-fits-all traditional public school.  Often, charter schools provide a personalized learning environment that promotes greater student achievement.  In exchange for some autonomy, charter schools have increased accountability and must meet the testing standards dictated by the state.

Charter schools in Texas were specifically created to accomplish the following goals (Texas Education Code § 12.001):

  • Improve student learning
  • Increase the choice of learning opportunities within the public school system
  • Create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system
  • Establish a new form of accountability for public schools
  • Encourage different and innovative learning methods

See more about Charter Schools: www.charterstexas.org