“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandala

Charter schools are tuition free public schools that operate independently and are held accountable for high student achievement. Charter schools were created to help improve educational outcomes for children and provide families with more choices for high quality public education.

There are currently over 90 charter schools serving roughly 29,000 children in the state of Tennessee. Charter schools are open enrollment schools that use a lottery process where students are chosen for admission at random. Charter schools serve a diverse student population including students from underserved communities and students with diverse learning needs. While charter schools receive public funding, charter schools often must rely on grants and other sources of funding to help finance capital projects and facility costs.

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