Charter Schools Don’t Play by the Same Rules as Public Schools

Publicly funded and privately operated charter schools are not as transparent as independent school districts and are sometimes funded better than public schools in the same neighborhood.

Did you know?

  • Charter schools in Texas do not perform better than independent school districts. (Source: TEA data, TASB Talks podcast)
  • Charter schools in urban areas typically receive more per-pupil funding than surrounding districts. (Source: Moak Casey and Associates)
  • Charters do not have to accept all students that apply, even if they have room in their classrooms. For example, charters do not have to accept students with disciplinary histories, while traditional public schools do. Charters account for 43 percent of all expulsions in Texas despite educating less than 10 percent of the student population. (Source: Texas House Committee on public Education Interim Report, Charter Schools section)
  • Charters can open new campuses fairly easy under the charter amendment process, with little to no input from affected districts or community members.(Source: EMS ISD Testimony to Texas Commission on Public School Finance)
  • Privately operated charter schools can incur taxpayer-supported debt without limit and without taxpayer approval. (Source: Texas School Alliance, Charter Debt Outstanding section)
  • Charter schools are not required to adhere to many of the state regulations that traditional campuses must follow. (Source: The Dallas Morning News)

More work needs to be done legislatively to even the playing field and hold charters to the same standard as ISDs. Send a message to lawmakers and ask them to hold charter schools in Texas accountable.