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What are charter schools?
Who is the sponsor of Della Lamb Elementary Charter School?
How do charter schools differ from traditional district public schools?
Accountability: Charter schools are held accountable for how well they educate children in a safe and responsible environment. They are judged on how well they meet the student achievement goals established by their charter, and how well they manage the fiscal and operational responsibilities entrusted to them. They must operate lawfully and responsibly, with the highest regard for equity and excellence. They must report to the state, to their sponsor, to their board of directors, to their staff, and to their parents. If they fail to deliver academic excellence in a cost-efficient manner, they will be closed.
Choice: Charter Schools are schools of choice for parents.
Autonomy: Charter schools are freed from some of the traditional bureaucracy and regulations that divert a school’s energy and resources toward district compliance rather than excellence of programming. Educators can focus on setting/reaching high student academic standards.
How are charter schools funded?
However, in Kansas City, charter schools do not receive the full equivalent of our district counterpart - the KCMO School District. The KCMO School District withholds $1,000 per charter school child per year from the charters to fund debt service on KC District buildings, to which the charter school children have no access.
Unlike KCMO School District schools, charter schools do not receive funding to cover the cost of securing a facility. Federal legislation provides a competitive RFP grant to help charters with start-up costs that may be used for academic supplies, textbooks and start-up expenses.
Do charter schools take money from public schools?
Fiscally, charter schools must demonstrate economic efficiency and academic effectiveness in order to continue to operate.
Who can attend charter schools?
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