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What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are free public schools open to all New York City children. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools are independent of the Department of Education. Charter schools are held accountable for advancing student achievement; if they do not meet their goals, a charter school can be closed. The combination of freedom and accountability for success allows charter schools to try new approaches, respond to community needs and put student learning first. To learn more about charter schools in New York City, visit: nyccharterschools.org/about

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