A charter school is a public school. Charter Schools are financed through public local, state and federal funds, but are independent of local school boards. The authority of the charter school to provide education is through a "charter," a type of contract, between the charter school board of trustees and one of the chartering entities. The charter is issued by the Board of Regents. Charter schools typically focus on innovative curricula, new approaches to school organization or instruction, or some other feature that differentiates them from regular public schools. Students may choose to attend any charter school and are accepted through an impartial application procedure.
The attached New York State Education Department Guide to Charter Schools in New York provides useful information to assist parents better understand the operation and opportunities provided by charter schools in New York.