I suppose one could say that ANY school is a "government school" when you consider that all accredited schools have to be allowed to operate by dictate of the government.
The point that I was making, which I had thought was clear enough, is that charter schools although regulated and licensed by the government are a breed apart from the massive, generic and failing institutions that we know as public schools and are there to serve specific needs and special populations. As such, they are dramatically different from a standard public "government" school.
Government should not fund or regulate schools. Its the only way it will work, if improving the education is the goal.
It's been my observation that it isn't the schools that are failing it's the community. You can see this throughout America. It is a pretty good bet that if a particular school is shaky so is the local community.
The masssive and generic public school that my son goes to would and does rival any school (public or private) in the quality of education given. Why? Because the community cares, the teachers realize and appreciate this and students know what is expected of them.