Charter Schools: Fact vs. Fiction
FICTION: Charter Schools are private schools.
FACT: All Pennsylvania Charter Schools are public schools
FICTION: There aren't very many Charter Schools in PA.
FACT: There are 160 Brick-and-Mortar Charter Schools in PA, with nearly 100,000 students enrolled.
FICTION: Charter Schools hurt traditional public schools by taking away funding.
FACT: Traditional public schools keep 35% of the funding for each Charter School student that leaves their district.
FICTION: Charter Schools teachers are uncertified.
FACT: Charter School teachers are required to be fully certified under the "No Child Left Behind" Act.
FICTION: Charter Schools can expel students without cause.
FACT: The expulsion requirements for Charter Schools and public schools are the same.
FICTION: Charter Schools are exempt from state mandated testing.
FACT: Charter School students are required to take state mandated assessments.