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When did the first charter school open in the U.S.?
Answered by Planet Green
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  1. In the 1980s, the city of Philadelphia was the first in the U.S. to experiment with developing charter schools, creating them inside some of its public schools. The first official charter school was opened in Minnesota in 1992. Within a few years, 40 states had passed charter school laws. Today, there are more than 3,000 charter schools spread out across the country. Usually, charter proposals are initiated by teachers, parents and leaders of the community. Once the charter school initiative receives local approval, usually by the state board of education, the U.S. Department of Education enters the picture with funding. Even though charter schools are paid for with public funds, they enjoy much more autonomy than traditional public schools. Most charters are approved for up to five years. During that time, they must show that they're maintaining certain academic standards. If a school fails to do so, it can have its charter revoked.

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