Why Charter? Charter schools are a different kind of public school—the kind that is less restrained and more likely to be innovative.
Charter schools are tuition-free, publicly funded schools with the same requirements of public schools. Not only do charter schools offer an alternative to public schools, they often implement a unique focus and alternative learning styles. Charter schools are independently managed, operating under a "charter," or an agreement between the school and the sponsor. Charter schools improve education by giving parents more choices and offering students more creative approaches to learning. Charter schools have the freedom to innovate, but are held to high standards of performance. At OCCS, we sponsor 47 charter schools, all of which we and the state hold accountable. Maybe the question should be, "Why Not Charter?"
At public schools, charters are smilar to traditional district schools in many areas critical to the education of students. For instance they are:
Due to heightened accountability, charter schools may innovate in the following ways:
In addition, they are required to abide by state and federal laws and regulations, in the areas of:
OCCS sponsors the top performing public school, the top two statewide virtual schools, and one of the highest performing drop-out recovery and prevention schools in Ohio.