How Public Charter Schools Can Partner with Your Kids’ Schools
Public charter schools first originated in the 1990s throughout the United States to meet the needs of underperforming students. These first charter schools were either:
- Modified from existing public schools that were struggling to meet the needs of diverse students
- Created independently through approved charter petitions from school districts, county offices of education, or the state
In the last five years, public charter schools have challenged traditional school district schools in maintaining adequate services for all. Examples include:
- Many charter schools have inadequate school buildings due to rigorous facility school district use and policies.
- Traditional public schools have been challenged with declining enrollments that have jeopardized the service delivery for all students.
- Private industry has tried to partner effectively with charter schools with bittersweet success.