Charter schools are publicly funded schools that have a "charter" or contract with the school district to meet certain performance requirements, but they are intentionally designed to operate independent of the school district. The idea is to provide a publicly funded alternative to traditional education in "government schools."
There's lots of information on the web, as charter schools are part of the education reform movement. Two popular sources of information and discussion promoting the idea of charter schools are the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and US Charter Schools.
Charter schools have been shown to be very successful in many areas, but since they're government funded, they're subject to the whims of politics.Powered by Sidelines