Charter School Conversions: Myths vs. Facts

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December 30, 2011 Charter schools are most commonly founded as new, start-up organizations. However, a good number of charter schools in California began as traditional public schools and chose to convert into charter public schools, operating independently of their local district. In contrast to traditional public schools, independent charter schools self-govern, manage their own budgets and are responsible for hiring and firing their own personnel.

In order to assist petitioners looking to convert a traditional public school into a charter school, CCSA has put together "Charter School Conversions: Myth vs. Reality," a document to address misconceptions regarding conversions. This fact sheet answers several questions on conversions, and is friendly to several audiences.