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Advantages and Disadvantages of Charter Schools

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Charter School

How does it differ from what we are traditionally used to
What are the benefits to this system?
What are the downfalls?
Cost analysis of this system
Benefit to students, taxpayer, and school districts
Overall reflection

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Charter schools

Charter schools are public schools which operate under a "charter" that determines each school's responsibilities. To survive, charter schools have to provide evidence of progress toward specified goals. Schools that fail to fulfill its accountability agreement may lose its charter. All charter schools, therefore, have clear and measurable performance goals that form the basis of their accountability agreement with their granting agencies. Although charter schools enjoy more freedom and flexibility than traditional public schools, they must demonstrate greater commitment to attaining the performance levels they will be held accountable for.

Benefits of charter schools

Here are some views and suggestions (of course you are free to add, modify, or elaborate in any of the following points):

- They promise a change to the larger system of public schools and therefore should be given a chance to prove their credibility.

- They offer parents and students the freedom of choice. We cannot ignore the fact that there is a growing demand among parents for better education and more quality options. Although the test scores provided by charter schools do not indicate that they are superior to other public schools, the charter schools performance is acceptable and the levels they have achieved on the whole are promising.

- There is a strong need to education reform in the public school system and charter schools are one way to accelerate such a reform.

- Charter schools help create an atmosphere free of excessive bureaucratic control. Such an atmosphere would allow charters to flourish ...

Solution Summary

Charter Schools are overviewed.