Charter School Law and Legal Definition

A public school operating independently of the local school board, having a curriculum and educational philosophy different from the other schools in the education system is known as a charter school. A charter school is an alternative to public school. A public charter school is publicly funded but functions in accordance with a charter exempting it from selected state or local rules and regulations.

A charter school concentrates on students studying on their own at home and checking in with the school. It is a public, nonreligious, non-home-based and nonprofit corporation forming a school. A charter school is not allowed to charge tuition. Usually, state-authorized charters are established by non-profit groups, universities and other government entities.