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Charter schools are free, public schools that operate independently of traditional school districts. Like district schools, charter schools are publicly funded, but operate independently. A charter school’s independence comes with increased accountability. Any charter not fulfilling their educational mission runs the risk of being closed by their respective authorizer.
The Connecticut Board of Education, which authorizes charter schools in CT, set forth the guidelines under which these schools operate. Charter schools must be re-authorized by the Board every few years.
This model gives educators more freedom in creating specialized curricula, allowing students and families more flexibility in choosing an education that is right for them.