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Public Charters Up Close

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“One-size-fits-all” doesn’t work when it comes to education. Public charter schools offer a different approach to public district school – one as unique as Nevada’s students. Public charter schools put students first and offer the personal attention, creativity, and passionate teaching that students need to learn. Public, free, and open to all, public charter schools are a vital part of public education in Nevada.

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Charter schools are public schools that are innovative while still being held accountable for improved student achievement. Charter schools are taxpayer-funded state schools and free to all Nevada students. They vary in mission and model, serving a wide range of students.

Academic Choices

Charter schools were authorized by the Nevada Legislature in 1997. Charter schools were established to give parents academic choices for their children and provide a learning environment to improve student achievement.

Autonomy

Simply put, a charter is a contract to improve student outcomes. Nevada laws provide public charter schools more autonomy in exchange for greater accountability. Charter schools in Nevada can be authorized by the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA), local county school districts, the Achievement School District (ASD), and State of Nevada universities. These entities evaluate a charter school’s academic, fiscal and operational performance, compliance with state laws, and management of public funding.

Inequity for Facilities Funding

Nevada’s charter students on average, are funded less than the average district student due to Nevada’s antiquated system of school finance. Independently run, public charter schools receive state funds based on student attendance (same as traditional public schools); however they do not receive funds from local tax revenue that typically help with school facilities funding.