It is the Will of the California State Legislature and the People of California in Enacting Charter School Law for Public Charter Schools to Offer Public School Choices for Parents, Students, Teachers, and Communities. To quote California public charter school education code statute, here is why we have public charter schools in California:
- 47601: “It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this part, to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently from the existing school district structure, as a method to accomplish all of the following:
(a) Improve pupil learning.
(b) Increase learning opportunities for all pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for pupils who are identified as academically low achieving.
(c) Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.
(d) Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the schoolsite.
(e) Provide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.
(f) Hold the schools established under this part accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide the schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability systems.
(g) Provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.”
Public charter schools are intentionally designed to operate independently from school districts to provide different kinds of public school choices for parents, students, teachers and communities so that all students have more equal opportunity to access a quality public school to help them succeed!