Unlike traditional public schools, public charter schools are run independently of school districts operating under a performance contract—or charter—with an authorizer. These entities are important, ensuring charter schools fulfill their mission.
The most common public charter school authorizers are local school districts, which account for about 90 percent of all authorizers. The types of authorizers allowed vary by state law, and they can be a school district, the state, a university, or another approved entity.
Learn more about charter schools at www.ExcelinEd.org/opportunity/charter-schools/