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What is a charter school?

Charter schools are free public schools that are open to all students. Students are admitted through a random lottery. Charter schools provide parents with a tuition-free alternative for educating their child. The charter school movement is large and growing in almost every state in the United States. Over one million students are enrolled in more than 3,500 charter schools across the country.

What makes a charter school different from the zoned public school?

  • Charter schools are given more autonomy than zoned public schools in exchange for greater accountability. For instance:
    • Charter schools can choose their own curriculum
    • They control their own budget
    • They can base hiring decisions on performance
    • Charter schools are granted a charter after a rigorous review process. In New York State, there are two organizations that are allowed to provide charters-these are called authorizers. Every five years, the authorizer for a given school determines whether to renew the charter agreement
    • Charters are required to administer the same state tests as traditional zoned schools but are held too much higher standards of performance on these tests.
    • Charter schools do receive a per-pupil allocation from the state to help fund their operations, but this is generally 75% of the allocation provided to a traditional public school.

What are the benefits?

  • Enables educators to be more creative and innovative in their instructional approach
  • Provides options for parents, particularly in communities that lack enough high-quality educational options
  • Allows parents to choose a school based on the kind of approach that would work best for their child

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    Mission Statement Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School provides our Scholars with a nurturing and challenging educational experience to develop their abilities and...

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