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Charter School Myths vs. Facts

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Charter
Schools

Charter schools
receive a fraction
of what public schools receive.

Traditional 
Public 
Schools

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Myth #2 :

Charter schools expel more students than traditional public schools.

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FACT:

It’s the other way around. District schools are more likely to suspend a student than a charter. Up to 40% of charter schools nationwide don’t suspend students at all.

FACT:

RCSD has a history of letting students fall through the cracks. Charter schools provide a valuable alternative for families to break the cycle of poverty. Parents CHOOSE charter schools. 

FACT:

Rochester City School District makes money on charter school students. RCSD receives approximately $45,000 per child. Of that, charter schools receive about $14,400 per student.  RCSD keeps the rest.

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Myth #1 :

Charter schools take money from traditional public schools.

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FACT:

Charter schools serve the students in their neighborhoods and are more likely to have students that are in poverty. Nearly all Rochester charter schools serve Rochester’s most impoverished neighborhoods, ensuring a better choice for those in need. 

Myth #3 :

Charter schools cream off the best students to make themselves look good.

Myth #4 :

Charter schools charge tuition and are not public schools.

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FACT:

Charter schools ARE public schools and have no tuition cost. In NYS, charter schools are public, non-profic organizations. Unlike the RCSD, charter school board members do not get paid. 

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