Did you know that charter school serve ALL students?
Like their district peers, charter public schools are generally required to admit all students who want to enroll. If there are more students than available seats, the schools are generally required to hold lotteries, which randomly determine which students will be enrolled. Unlike magnet schools, charter public schools cannot selectively admit students.
According to federal law, charter schools must accept all students, including students with disabilities and English Learners, regardless of previous academic performance. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education revised its policy requiring charter public schools to use a “blind” lottery. Now, if state law allows, charter schools can use weighted lotteries to preference historically underserved students.
We are so excited to celebrate charter public schools throughout National Charter Schools Week! A new fact series will be on the blog each day this week so check back for infographics to share on Twitter and Facebook.