Charter schools are tuition-free public schools and enrollment is open to all students. They are independently operated schools that run with more flexibility than district-run public schools in exchange for increased accountability.
The “charter” that establishes each school is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program, performance goals, and methods of assessment. Every public charter school has an authorizer which, outlined in Colorado state law, is a local district school board or the Charter School Institute. Authorizers are responsible for holding charter schools accountable for compliance with their operating agreements or “charters.”