Non-Instrumentality Charters

A charter school is a tuition free public school created on the basis of a contract or “charter” between the school and a local school board or other authorizer. A charter school has more freedom than a traditional public school in return for a commitment to meet higher standards of accountability (NACSA, 2006). In a non-instrumentality charter school staff members are hired by the charter school and are not MPS employees. Non-instrumentality charter schools that qualify for Title IA (at least 35% of students living in poverty) implement a Title IA targeted assistance model unless the school qualifies (at least 40% poverty rate) and applies for Title IA schoolwide status. Most of the non-instrumentality charter schools in MPS implement the Title IA schoolwide model.