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Charter Schools

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Charter schools are public schools operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice authorized by a school district

The charter school operates under a charter (a contract) between the charter school and its sponsor (school district).

A public charter school is subject to certain laws pertaining to school district public schools, is released from others and must operate consistent with the charter agreement (contract).

Public charter schools were created to provide innovative, flexible and creative educational choices for students and their parents. Although charter schools are exempt from some state and district regulations, they are held to extremely high levels of accountability. In addition to meeting state accountability requirements, charter schools must also meet the requirements set out in their charter and agreed to by their sponsor.

The Community Roots School Charter Dissemination Information

The founders of the Community Roots School spent more than 2,500 hours collectively working to open the school. As a group, we are deeply committed to sharing our work products with others who may be interested in starting a charter school or a Montessori school.

Please feel free to use our documents, with customizations specific to your school environment, with our permission. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Christen Kelly at 503.874.4107.

We’d be happy to share our stories with you as you begin your adventure.

To view the documents, go to our Resources Library