5. What is the organizational structure of charter schools?

Charter schools are organized and operated in a variety of ways. Each charter school has a governing board. Each charter school also has a sponsoring entity such as the State Board of Education, the State Board for Charter Schools or a school district. Each charter school must comply with everything in its charter contract with the state as well as with all applicable state, federal and local laws and regulations.

Some charter schools are organized as non-profit corporations, for-profit corporations and still others have different structures. To learn more about the structure of a charter school, consider:

  • asking to see bylaws and articles of incorporation
  • obtaining a description of board members and their respective backgrounds
  • reviewing the school’s charter
  • attending a board meeting