National Charter Schools Week Starts Today
May has arrived, and with it National Charter Schools Week, May 3-9. This year’s theme is “Promoting Innovation and Excellence.”
Since the first American charter school opened in Minnesota in 1991, they have spread across 40 states and are educating over 1.4 million K-12 students. Washington State, where DreamBox resides, is one of ten states without charter schools, so we understand those who may be a little unclear on what a charter school is.
What is a Charter School?
Charter schools, which were established in the early 90s on the model “schools of choice,” are a part of the public school system, but don’t necessarily conform to the same rules, regulations and statutes that apply to other public schools. Rather, specific results are targeted in individual school charters, and the schools are accountable for achieving those results.
Founded by community members, non-profit groups, universities and sometimes government entities, charter schools often tailor their curriculum to specialize in, for example, arts, or mathematics, or they provide alternative learning systems within the public schools.
The goal of National Charter School Week is to highlight the role of charter schools, raising awareness to inform and educate public officials and community members. In particular, we appreciate the dedicated teachers who strive to provide an excellent education for every child.
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