Once again the reporting on charter schools fails to acknowledge a key fact — charter schools ARE public schools. From the AP story about concerns that North Carolina’s 100-school cap on charters will hurt the state’s case for “Race to the Top” grant funds.

Charter schools receive public money but are run by private boards and have fewer regulations to follow. Charter schools will figure into how a state is scored for its application.

From reading this story, you would think charters are private schools and the state is providing them with a gift of public money. Wrong.