The Charter School Choice http://news.stlpublicradio.org en The Charter School Choice: who holds charter schools accountable? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/charter-school-choice-who-holds-charter-schools-accountable <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-981559.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-981559.mp3</a></p><p>There are 20 <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/charterschools/qs-charter-stlcharterschools-07-2011.pdf.pdf">charter schools</a> in the city of St. Louis, and when classes start Monday, four more will open their doors.</p><p>Charters get public funding, but they have more autonomy from the state.</p><p>The free schools are a draw for parents who want to avoid the unaccredited St. Louis Public Schools system.</p><p>But some charters are performing far below state standards.</p><p>And as St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman reports in the second of a<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/list/term/2440"> two-part series</a>, no one is holding them accountable.</p><p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:35:01 +0000 Maria Altman 1854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Charter School Choice: who holds charter schools accountable? The Charter School Choice: the effect on St. Louis Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/charter-school-choice-effect-st-louis-public-schools <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-981420.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-981420.mp3</a></p><p>Classes begin Monday in the St. Louis Public School District.</p><p>But four new charter schools also will be opening their doors.</p><p>Charters receive public funding but have more freedom with their budgets, staff, and curriculum than traditional public schools.</p><p>Many parents in St. Louis welcome the charter alternative and more than a quarter of the city&rsquo;s students attend charter schools.</p><p>As part of <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/list/term/2440">a two-part series</a> on charters, St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman looks at how that trend is affecting the city&rsquo;s public school district.</p><p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:35:30 +0000 Maria Altman 1849 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Charter School Choice: the effect on St. Louis Public Schools