Charter Schools BACKGROUND Uniformity is not a word that would be used to characterize public education in the United States, and it would be even less true of the charter school movement. Since their origin in the early 1990s, charters exist by virtue of state law in 80 percent or 41 of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. No two state charter laws are alike, and the range of their success and configuration is disparate. The current, generally-agreed-upon definition of a charter school
The National School Boards Action Center in coordination with the National School Boards Association advocates at the federal and national levels for the advancement of public education, local school board leadership, and excellence and equity in our nation’s public schools.