Young violinists from a Buffalo charter elementary school weren’t allowed to perform Ode to Joy at the school district’s music competition. Parents say the district music director told them charters aren’t public schools and therefore couldn’t participate. Jay Mathews writes about the ambiguous definition of “public” in the Washington Post.
Last time I checked, the public school system in the United States was designed to serve parents who pay the taxes, and their children. If parents think charters should be considered public schools, and if they like the teachers they find there, then that seems to me to be that.
Legally, charter schools are public schools, even if they’re run by independent boards and not by the local school district.