Charter schools are independently-operated, tuition-free, public schools, open to all students, regardless of their zip code. The charter school model allows entrepreneurs to provide innovative, high-quality instruction, typically at a lower cost to taxpayers and gives them the freedom to design a classroom-environment and curriculum that fits their students' needs and the demand in a particular area. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds entrepreneurs accountable to the high standards outlined in their charter agreement and the law. There are many different styles and many states have seen high growth in charter school attendance.
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