Charter schools are steadily growing in popularity, although they remain controversial. Why are they so appealing -- and why are some so opposed to the concept? Separate charter school fact from fiction with our quiz.
Question 1 of 20
New Orleans is the only city in the U.S. where the majority of students attend charter schools.
Question 2 of 20
You have to pay tuition to attend a charter school.
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If a charter school has more applicants than spaces available, a lottery is used to determine who gets in.
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Students at charter schools perform better than their peers at public schools.
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Some charter schools don't require students to take tests.
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The state aid received per student at a charter school averages 61 percent of the per student aid given to public schools.
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The charter school concept was developed in the 1970s.
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Some charter schools are run by for-profit companies.
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Charter schools aren't bound by the same laws and regulations as a public school.
Question 10 of 20
Charter schools can have shorter school days, or extend the school year through the summer.
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When a school gets a charter, it remains valid for 100 years.
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The U.S. is the only country with charter schools.
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Education experts have a clear consensus on the effectiveness of charter schools.
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Most charter schools are in urban areas.
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Most teachers at charter schools belong to unions.
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All charters are issued by state boards of education.
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Forty U.S. states have laws allowing charter schools.
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Charter schools use the same curriculum as public schools.
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Charter schools have to be high schools.
Question 20 of 20