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New State Rankings Report Compares Charter School Laws State by State

January 27, 2020 GMT

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual ranking of state charter school laws, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Eleventh Edition in conjunction with National School Choice Week. For more than a decade, this report has analyzed how well each state aligns its charter school law to the “gold standard” model law, A Model Law for Supporting the Growth of High-Quality Charter Schools: Second Edition. States are ranked by their composite score, which is based on 21 critical benchmarks like accountability, authorization, flexibility, performance-based contracts, and funding equity.

“Charter schools are not a one-size-fits all value proposition and state laws governing their creation have a huge impact on their quality and ability to innovate,” said National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees. “This report is a tool that blue and red state policymakers and advocates can use to bolster their state’s charter school laws and improve the quality of the sector by requiring best practices and guaranteeing charter school freedoms to innovate.”

For the fifth consecutive year, Indiana has the nation’s strongest charter school law in the country, ranking No. 1 (out of 45). Indiana’s law does not cap charter school growth, includes multiple authorizers, and provides a fair amount of autonomy and accountability. Indiana has made significant strides in recent years to provide more equitable funding to charter schools, although more work remains to be done.

Key findings from the report include:

Click here to read the full report: Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Eleventh Edition.

For a more in-depth discussion on the report with the author, register for the 2020 National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in Orlando, Florida from June 21 – June 24.

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SOURCE National Alliance for Public Charter Schools