You are correct. Charter schools (and private schools) still embrace the standards and curriculum of the state in which they are located. What the previous posters stated was also right: The public school which is adopted by a Charter program operates under a board of trustees which basically "adopts" the school in order to provide funding and resources for it. This is done in order for the school to comply easier with the expectations of the NCLB act and the state's own requirements. Ultimately the Dept of Education is responsible to oversee that all US schools are complying with the academic needs of American students.
The budget and the academics do not go hand in hand. What I mean by this is that the Board of Trustees is not there to make their own rules, but to fund and guide the learning organization to comply. Their monetary funding does not change the rules, but merely enhaces them and makes them easier to follow.
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Typically, a Board of Trustees for a charter school is meant to provide leadership for the school. It is a level above the principal that would set goals for the school and do other sort of strategic types of thinking.
The reason that regular public schools are not governed by these types of boards is that they are already governed by various other boards. Typically, public schools are governed by an administrative office. Where I live, this is called the office of the superintendent. The office of the superintendent is responsible for setting the overall goals and strategies for the school district.
Charter schools are meant to be outside this system so they can do their own thing, but they still need some administration.
I work part time as a compliance specialist at a local charter school. The reason that we have a Board of Trustees is to oversee the operations of the school and because it is also mandated by law. The Charter Schools do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education so they must have some means of having the programs missions and goals monitored for compliance. In addition, the Board of Trustees meets to make decisions on behalf of the school regarding finances, hiring and firing, purchases, and legal issues that may arise. It is also the responsibility for the Board of Trustees to ensue that the Charter School is in compliance with state and federal laws.
it is my understanding that charter schools are public schools and that they are governed and accountable to the board of education even though they have a board of trustees.