Charter schools are public schools that are created by school districts, colleges, nonprofit organizations, or other entities. Charter schools are allowed to determine many of their own policies and practices. Charter schools are always public schools and they are not allowed to charge tuition.
There are currently more than 7,000 charter schools in the U.S. serving more than 3.2 million children. As shown on this map, 44 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for the creation of public charter schools. The number of students in charter schools has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2018
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