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Table: How Much Freedom From the Rules?

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In theory, charter schools receive control over many aspects of schooling in exchange for accountability. They reported the following levels of authority.

   Percentage of Schools
Type of Authority Full authority Shared authority No authority
Daily schedule 84% 16% <1%
Purchasing of supplies and equipment 79 21 <1
Staff hiring, discipline, and dismissal 72 26 1
Other budgetary expenses, not including salaries and benefits 67 31 2
Student-disciplinary policies 64 36 <1
Student-assessment policies 63 33 4
School calendar 59 37 5
Curriculum 59 39 2
Teacher-certification requirements 45 45 9

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