Traditional charter schools in the United States began in 1988 and operate at both the elementary and secondary level. There is no tuition and they receive taxpayer money that comes directly from the public school districts in which they are located.
Cyber charter schools, another type of charter school, offer education via the Internet, either in real-time or self-paced (at the student’s discretion). The school district where the student lives is responsible for paying the tuition regardless of where the actual cyber charter facility is located.
Both types of schools are considered alternative, and are started and attended by choice. They are free from many of the rules, regulations and statutes that traditional public schools are required to adhere to, but should be accountable for producing the results stated in their charter.