Are states making the right decisions with charter schools?

Report reveals states’ new aggressive charter schools laws, but can these laws actually impact charter performance?

charter-schools-statesWhether or not you’re for or against charter schools, the charter movement is spreading like a wildfire in many states across the country. Now, one report details which states are updating policy measures that could significantly impact charter school growth and funding for traditional public schools, leading many to wonder: Will more aggressive state charter laws lead to better performance?

The report, “Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws,” produced by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, evaluates charter school laws in every state based on 20 “Essential Components of a Strong Public Charter School Law.”

Components include no caps on the growth of public charter schools, a variety of public charter schools allowed, multiple authorizers available, accountability required, adequate funding, transparent decision-making processes, performance-based contracts required, and many more.

“Governors and legislators from coast to coast worked to lift caps that are constraining growth, enhance quality controls to better encourage the opening of great schools, and provide additional funding to decrease the equity gap between public charter school students and their counterparts in traditional public schools,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance, in a statement.

“All of this work was done with one simple goal in mind: create more high-quality public charter schools to meet the surging parental demand,” she said.

(Next page: Why the recent changes?)

Meris Stansbury

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