Charter Schools: Can they Survive in Utah?


Since Utah passed its charter school law in 1998, the concept of independent public schools empowered with the ability to develop innovative curricula and governance structures has gained increasing popularity. The number of charter schools has grown from eight in the fall of 1999 to 19 in the fall of 2003. However, determining the best way to fund charter schools has not been easy. Legislators have changed charter school finance laws twice in the five years since they were initially passed, and are contemplating doing so again.

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