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Public charter schools are independent public schools with greater operational and educational freedom than traditional public schools. However, public charter schools are required to participate in the same state testing and accountability program as traditional public schools. They earn annual report card grades from the state based on school achievement and academic growth, just like traditional public schools. Unlike traditional public schools, however, public charter schools can be closed if they fail to meet academic or operational standards.
Nationwide nearly 7,000 charter schools serve more than 3 million students. In North Carolina in 2017-2018, 173 public charter schools are operating across the state, enrolling almost 91,000 pupils from 95 counties.
Charter schools are popular with parents: a 2016 report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools found that 78 percent of parents support having a charter school open in their neighborhood.
Click here to learn more about PEFNC’s work to accelerate growth in public charter schools across our state.