Benefits of Charter Schools

Benefits of Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently according to the terms of a five-year performance contract or “charter.” Charter schools can be started by educators, parents, community leaders and not-for profit organizations, and are approved only after a rigorous review process. Once charter schools open, they are governed by a not-for-profit board of trustees.

Most charter schools provide an innovative alternative to conventional NYC public schools. Benefits of charter schools include:

  • enabling teachers to be more creative and innovative in their teaching methods, length of school day and year, and subject matter;
  • providing an added education resource in areas underserved by public schools;
  • allowing parents to choose a school based on what they think will work best for their children;
  • accountability for meeting and exceeding academic, operational, and fiduciary goals

Charter schools are one of the fastest growing innovations in education and are supported on the city, state and federal government level. The first charter school was established in Minnesota in 1991. The first charter school in New York State opened in 1999. Admission to all charter schools is based on a lottery.