The Learning Bridge Charter School hosted student-guided tours for the public in recognition of National School Choice Week on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Pictured is Ms. Kristy Sedlacek’s 2nd grade class. Charter schools are independent public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative, while being held strictly accountable for improving student achievement. Charter schools are always public schools and are always tuition-free. These schools are created in different ways, depending on state law. Some are opened by school districts, while others are opened by mayors, universities, and nonprofit groups. Learning Bridge and most of the Nevada charter schools were chartered by State Public Charter School Authority of Nevada. Learning Bridge is accountable for its governance, academics and financial success. We are held to high standards and accountability by our stakeholders, Nevada Revised Statutes, Legislative Council Bureau, Nevada Department of Education and the State Public Charter School Authority. The charter school system of Nevada is the third largest district in the state.