John Hage, CEO of Charter Schools USA, explains why charter schools not only provide educational options for young people, but also can make other publicly-funded traditional schools better, too.

"This school is an answered prayer."

- Leah Stapleton

Scintilla Charter Academy Parent


One increasingly popular solution for improving education is the charter school concept. Like traditional schools, they receive public funding, but they’re exempt from some state regulations. Instead, they’re tied to performance mandates, or charters, that they must meet. This goal-oriented approach provides many benefits to the surrounding area’s education system and promotes academic equality for more students.




Unlike traditional schools that are managed in districts, charter schools are open to all. Using a lottery system, prospective students have a chance of attending the school. Thus, students from poor areas can be educated in more affluent areas.




Since students from all areas can attend a charter school, these schools promote diversity. Minorities in impoverished areas have the opportunity to attend better managed schools in wealthier neighborhoods that traditionally may be white.




Some charter schools are dedicated to one specific subject such as the arts or technology. Students can improve their knowledge at charter schools that have a special emphasis.




With less stringent rules placed on the school from the state, charter schools are exempt from the muddled bureaucracy of most public schools.




Since charter schools have performance goals that they’re required to meet, they must plan accordingly. That includes planning property management for the school and surrounding environment since a school can only be as good as the area in which it’s located. In a large state like California, municipalities can take a page from Long Beach property management and coordinate school properties like a business instead of government. Successful education requires choice and proper management, which is what charter schools provide.


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