Charter Schools

Female students, outside, talking in groups.

Houston ISD/Dave Einsel:

Charter Schools Are Publicly Funded, Yet Independent

Charter schools are public elementary and secondary schools that operate under a charter that outlines their performance goals and operations. Although funded on a per-pupil expenditure formula by the local school board with tax dollars, their accountability will vary based on state laws. Charter schools are exempt from some rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools. 

NSBA supports charter schools that are authorized by the school boards in their local communities.

Talking Points for Local School Board Members

Use these points to communicate key issues about charter school policy to other school board members, the media, and your members of Congress:

  • Local school boards should have the authority to grant, deny, renew, or revoke the charter of any school that does not meet the criteria specified in its charter.
  • Any new legislation should address discrepancies in legal requirements for public and charter schools.

NSBA believes that charter schools should have to abide by the same laws and accountability requirements that apply to other public schools, including:

  • Environment
  • Labor
  • Due process
  • Fiscal accountability
  • Civil rights
  • Standards and assessments

NSBA’s Position

NSBA supports charter schools when authorized by local school boards. Find out how local schools boards can participate in policy making. Read More


Charter schools are public schools that may be exempted from certain regulations and requirements depending on state law resulting in varying accountability requirements. Read More

NSBA's Actions

Read about our actions regarding charter schools: letters to Congress, comments, and grassroots calls to action. Read More

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