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    I still think there is a lot of variation though. The district I live in runs a charter that is identical to a regular public school. It was actually a regular public school within the district until it went charter (almost entirely for financial reasons as charter high schools get a slightly higher ADA than non-charters do), and it follows the same pay, hiring and other (hours, employment, etc) guidelines that the other schools in our district do. The teachers and administrators are considered district employees like the other employees in the district.

    •  Is it run by the district (0+ / 0-)

      and if so, why? Does it have a completely different alternative curriculum? Otherwise this seems duplicative and like slicing a finite pie even thinner, one of the many reasons I oppose charter schools.

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      by anastasia p on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 02:30:04 PM PST

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      •  It is run by the district (0+ / 0-)

        It has an alternative learning structure basically (project based and technology focused learning). It's just a learning alternative people can choose if they like that better than the regular traditional high school. Our district has quite a few of those - Spanish immersion, Montessori, bilingual education, independent study, etc. You can choose neighborhood schools or other options. I think for our district anyway, having a variety of options has helped keep a lot of people in the public schools who would otherwise have gone to private schools.

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