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Information about Charter Schools

Vallejo Charter School Petition was approved by the State Administrator of the VCUSD on May 2, 2007.

To download the Charter Petition please Click Here (pdf format)

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Charter Schools General

  • What is a charter school?

    Charter schools are tuition-free public schools with unparalleled innovation and flexibility. By forming a strong partnership among parents, students and teachers, charter schools are able to create an environment that’s specially tailored for the students who go there.

    An environment where:

    • Parents are encouraged to be involved
    • Teachers have the freedom to innovate
    • Students have the chance to learn
    • All three are held accountable for improving student achievement
    • (see the California Charter Schools Association website, www.myschools.org

  • How are charter schools different from traditional public schools?

    “Charter schools are generally exempt from most laws that apply to regular public schools, so administrators, faculty, staff and parents have considerable autonomy in designing an educational program, facilities and budget that meet the needs of their students. In exchange for this increased autonomy, charter schools are held much more strictly accountable than most non-charter public schools. Charter schools must meet all of the student performance and operational goals listed in their charter, or their charter may be revoked.

    The charter school reform concept is part of a larger policy effort to fundamentally alter the structure of the public education system in an effort to (1) provide quality public education choices for families, (2) enable change-oriented educators to establish and operate new, innovative schools, and (3) provide increased competition within the public education sector. It’s the competitive aspect of the charter concept that makes it controversial and also powerful.” From the Charter Schools Development Center website, www.cacharterschools.org/faqs.html

  • What’s so great about charter schools? Quite a lot. Here’s just a glimpse.

    At charter schools:

    • Parents can take an active role in their child’s education
    • Teachers can try new ways to improve student achievement
    • Everyone enjoys reduced bureaucracy and greater flexibility
    • The environment is safe, structured and challenging
    • Successful new teaching models developed here can then be shared with the entire public school system

      (from the California Charter Schools Association website, www.myschool.org)

  • Additional Information:
    • Students who attend charter schools are required to take the CST
    • Charter schools are subject to”Adequate yearly Progress (AYP)” and other NCLB provisions

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