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Missouri Policy Journal

Abstract

Charter schools are publically funded, non-sectarian, tuition-free organizations that educate students. The charter model was created to allow schools to remain free from some governmental regulations and to offer parents a tuition-free choice for K-12 education. Across the country, millions of students attend charter schools, and another million remain on waiting lists to get into these schools. Ultimately, charter schools attract families that have similar belief systems and missions as the school claims, and again, offer parents a choice in public education. High quality educational options that provide a safe and nurturing environment for students and encourage personal growth and academic achievements are needed in Missouri.

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