charter schools^

Charter schools are public schools that are governed by their “charter” (or agreement) with an authorizing agency. Charter schools receive public dollars but are not required to follow all the same rules as traditional public schools. For example, charter schools may have longer school days or longer school years and may have different hiring standards for teachers. Charter schools are not usually part of the public school district, so parents must choose to send their child to a charter school instead of a local public school. However, federal laws protecting the rights of children with disabilities do apply to charter schools.