I'm seeking opinions from educators who have worked or do work for charter schools, specifically charter school organizations that are not attached to a public school district. I'll share some background. I currently work for the second largest public school district in the country. I started in 2000. I began as a secondary substitute teacher, was a full time 'emergency credentialed' teacher for a year, went back to subbing, and eventually got my MA and school counseling credential in 2005. I've been working as a school counselor since then, the past 9 years at a large public high school. During those years, I've learned a lot and become very disillusioned with the school district I work for, as well as the school where I currently work. The school is mostly a reflection of the district, though, so that's where the issue really lies. However, I have some seniority and job security with the district and am currently making a fairly decent salary, mostly thanks to a strong union push a few years back to break the moratorium on raises which the district had put in place for several years. My disillusionment has lead me to look for work both within and outside of the district for the past several years. I've applied, unsuccessfully, to other schools in the district, and applied, also unsuccessfully, to other districts. I'm beginning to lose hope that I'll be able to make a positive change and leave the school where I currently work, and, possibly, leave the district. The one area of education where I haven't looked, however, is charter schools. I have to admit, I haven't heard too much about them other than they're non-unionized, allowing administration to fire and hire at will, and what little else I've heard has mostly been negative. But when I consider the information is mostly coming from public school employees, I realize it might be better to gather information from actual charter school employees and see what they think. So I post my query here, seeking opinions - good, bad, indifferent, and anything else you might want to share - from any charter school educators who might be on these boards and have something to say. What is your experience like (or was your experience like, if you're no longer a charter school employee)? What charter school org do you/did you work for, and have you worked for more than one? I'd love to hear from counselors, but since I suspect most educators here are teachers, I'm happy to hear from teachers, too. I'd love to read any of your responses to help me decide if this is a career possibility I should pursue, or not, as the case may be. Thanks for reading. I look forward to your responses.