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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 2023-2024, 211 public charter schools are operating across the state, enrolling over 140,000 pupils.
Charter schools are popular with parents: a 2023 report from CIVITAS found that 69 percent of voters support public charter schools.
For additional public charter school resources, check out these state organizations: