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Charter Schools

Charter schools are fully recognized as public schools. They are independently governed, freestanding public schools that offer parents and students an alternative public education outside the traditional school district system. The Charter, or contract, defines an individual school’s mission, curriculum and instructional strategies, goals and objectives, and all areas of accountability to its Sponsor, parents, students and community. It also outlines the school’s management, operations, and financial responsibilities. In Florida, the number of charter schools has grown from five schools in 1996 to more than 500 in 2012-2013.

In accordance with Florida statute, charter schools are required to be non-profit organizations, each governed by its own board of directors made up of community members and parents with business, finance, education, and legal backgrounds. The governing board is responsible for setting policy, approving the annual budget, and ensuring the school is financially sound and operating within the required fiscal guidelines. Charter schools teachers and staff are employees of the charter school, not employees of the school district in which the school is located. Teachers are required to hold a valid Florida teaching certificate and must meet the “highly qualified teacher” requirements under No Child Left Behind. As with Florida’s traditional public schools, charter schools receive funds based on their full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment. Additional funding can be obtained through grants and private donations.

Pasco County charter schools operate under performance contracts, called a charter, with the District School Board of Pasco County. The District School Board, through its Charter Schools Department, monitors each school for compliance with the charter and local, state and federal regulations.

For a list of Pasco County charter schools, click Charter School List. Parents interested in learning more about a charter school, or for information on enrollment, please contact the charter school directly. The District School Board of Pasco County does not enroll students into a charter school.

Individuals interested in employment opportunities must contact the charter school directly. Charter school employees are NOT employees of the District School Board of Pasco County. The School District does not maintain information related to charter school employment.

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