The controversy over the performance of charter schools is escalating. In 1991, Minnesota was the first state to authorize charter schools. Since then, the number of charter schools has been increasing and expanding. Today, approximately 2.9 million students attend more than 6,700 schools nationwide. This number constitutes 6% of public school students.Charter schools are projected to grow quickly since many organizations and billionaires are ready to help promote and fund them. Charter schools were originally created to experiment with innovative school and instructional ideas, to increase teacher input, and integrate all aspects of a student’s education (parent and community involvement, etc.).How do these non-traditional public schools evolve into charter schools?They usually start by securing contracts with state, district, and local agencies that authorize the establishment of charter schools. Parents, teachers, and community members/organizations are typically part of the process to start charter schools and ensure that the proper agencies give the green light.