About Charter Schools

Charter School Myths & Realities

Myths about Charter School Accountability

Myth

Local communities have no meaningful say in the charter approval process.

Reality

Charter public schools were established to operate independently from the local school district, but they certainly are a part of the local community. They are founded by local parents, teachers, educators, and others. During the initial, year-long chartering process there are many opportunities for dialogue between community officials, other community members, and state education officials. In addition, the local government, school district, and teachers’ unions all have a voice during the chartering and renewal processes.

Myth

Charter public schools are an unproven experiment.

 

Reality

The first Massachusetts charter public schools opened back in 1995, and since then, studies have repeatedly found that most outperform their district schools. In Massachusetts and nation-wide charter schools are helping to close the achievement gap between white students, suburban students and minority children throughout Massachusetts.