Essay on Charter Schools

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In the 1980s there was much debate on school reform in the United States. The charter school model was an idea for educational reconstruction. These charter schools insured the continuing improvement of schooling (Budde, 1989). In 1991, Minnesota was the first state to pass legislation to create a charter school. In 1992, Minnesota opened the doors of the first charter school in the United States (“Resources,” 2012). Since then, Charter schools have gained wide spread acceptance across the United States.
Charter schools are independent schools that are operated under a contract or charter approved by the state. These schools are tuition free and are funded by taxpayer dollars. However, charter schools do not have to follow the laws and
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Once a charter is approved, planning for teaching is the next stage of a charter (Budde, 1989). This stage includes curriculum writing and career development activities, school brochure design, school scheduling, and space arrangement. The fourth stage is teaching and this stage is carried throughout the life of the charter. In the final year of the charter. The evaluation committee summarizes its assessment of the school and makes it recommendations. The possible recommendations are; renew the charter as it is; renew the charter with suggested changes; or do not renew the charter (Budde, 1989). Even though the charter schools do not have laws and regulations to abide by, they must still reach achievement goals that are set in the contract or else they can face termination.
There are economic benefits to opening charter schools; they foster competition and they can stimulate the local economy. The more schools that are in a given area forces both public, private, and charter schools to improve. The schools will need to show high achievement and improvement so that parents will choose to send their students to that particular school. The opening of a new building causes; the need for construction, job creation, direct spending from school operations, and community involvement. This in turn will bring income to local businesses and spark the local economy (Cash, 2011).
Charter schools are not always…