Iowa Coalition for Public Charter Schools

Are public charter schools for-profit organizations?

No, but some of the confusion is about management organizations that some charter schools contract with. While 62% of charter schools are managed independently—meaning they are a single-site school and manage all their own operations—29% of schools are managed by nonprofit management organizations and 9% are run by organizations with a for-profit tax status. Arizona and California are the only states that allow a management organization to hold the actual charter and less than 5% of charter schools in those states operate that way. Learn more.


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