Actually, charter schools want to be public schools when it suit their purposes. If they want tax payer money, they are public. When it comes to oversight, they do not want a democratically elected school board to set policy and hire leadership. They want to be public when they want space in public schools without paying rent, but they don't want to be public when it comes to showing how they spend the public money. This system is fraught with opportunities for fraud and corruption. In our state, public schools can be held accountable for waste or fraud, but there is no way to sanction charter schools. We have over 28,000 students taking money from taxpayers and no way to monitor it. Some of the charters have a 12% graduation rate, spend millions on TV ads, and tout choice as their reason for being. No effective school system in any other country has a crazy system like this.