About Charter Schools

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Charter schools may only employ educators who hold valid teaching certificates or who meet State Board requirements for alternative certification or authorization.

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A charter school must make the same annual reports as other public schools, including an annual financial audit and monthly budget report. Additionally, the charter school must participate in the statewide testing programs. Charter schools submit all reports to the Utah State Board of Education.

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There are 118 operational charter schools serving 67,509 students.

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Charter schools are public schools; funded by taxpayers, just as local district schools are, with the exception that Charter Schools cannot raise property taxes through bond issues.  In Utah, charter schools are not allowed to charge tuition.  Charter Schools are free to parents.

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Each charter school is its own district and operates as its own entity.

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Charter schools enroll children through a lottery according to state law and federal funding guidelines. Parents sign an application for enrollment and their child is entered into a lottery, from which the seats are filled.