Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. There is no charge to parents because funding comes from state tax dollars, just like a traditional public school. While charter schools are similar to traditional public schools in that they adhere to the same academic requirements and must comply with the same state and local regulations, they also have additional responsibilities. These schools are overseen by their charter sponsor and school board while parents, who may choose another school if they are not satisfied, continue to hold the schools accountable. In addition, charter schools must be non-sectarian and adhere to all state and federal educational, health and safety regulations.