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The charter school movement began in 1991, when Minnesota enacted the first law authorizing their creation. To date, 41 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico permit the creation of charter schools, according to the National Charter School Resource Center (n.d.).
Charter schools, public schools of choice, are usually operated as not-for-profit institutions independently or occasionally in conjunction with public organizations, such as colleges and universities. As such, they have generally survived challenges to their constitutionality.
This column provides a primer for education leaders on the legal basics associated with the operations of charter schools. It does not enter the often-heated debate over their effectiveness.
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Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J., "A Primer on Charter Schools and the Law" (2014). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 167.
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