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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 over 7,100 charter schools serve more than 3.1 million students. In North Carolina in 2020-2021, 200 public charter schools are operating across the state, enrolling over 127,000 pupils from over 65 counties.
Charter schools are popular with parents: a 2019 report from CIVITAS found that 76 percent of respondents support public charter schools.
For additional public charter school resources, check out these state organizations: