Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do your state laws support charter schools?

By Jason Russell

The Center for Education Reform released its 16th rankings of charter school laws in each state Monday. Minnesota beat Indiana, Michigan, and Arizona for state laws most supportive of charter schools. However, the District of Columbia had slightly better charter school laws than Minnesota. "Strong charter laws feature independent, multiple authorizers, few limits on expansion, equitable funding, and high levels of school autonomy," the accompanying report explained. States were graded in four different areas. The more entities allowed to open a charter school, the better. Restrictions on the number of charter schools or number of students they can serve drive down a state's score. Independence in making operating decisions improves a score. Equal and guaranteed funding for each charter school student versus all other public school students also raises a state's grade…..To Read More…..

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