Charter schools are independent public schools operated by a non-profit organization. They hire teachers, design academic programs, and control their finances. They have a board of directors that makes decisions for the school. Some charter schools choose to hire a management company to support school functions.
What must a Charter School do?
- Ensure student health and safety is top priority.
- Provide a curriculum that meets the Florida Standards.
- Hire certified teachers.
- Assess students in accordance with Florida’s accountability assessments.
- Safeguard taxpayer funding and exercise fiscal responsibility.
Charter School FAQ
Charter School Parents
Parents should direct complaints, concerns, and requests in the following order:
- To the teacher or other staff member most directly involved with the issue.
- To the principal/director of the charter school.
- To the school/parent liaison of the charter school.
- To the management representative or the governing board that holds the charter for the school.
If efforts to resolve the issue with the school representatives fail, parents should then contact the Office of Charter Schools for further information. It is necessary to note that the School District has no jurisdiction over the day-to-day operations of a charter school nor is the district responsible for the employment of administrators, faculty and/or staff.