State laws have declined in their capacity to serve charter school students, according to a new report published by the Center for Education Reform.
Since 1996, CER has researched, analyzed and ranked charter school laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report ranks state laws and policies impacting education, including authorizers, growth, operations and equity.
“The simple and original principle of charter schooling is that charter schools should receive enhanced operational autonomy in exchange for being held strictly accountable for the outcomes they promise to achieve,” the report states. “When charter school laws honor this principle, innovative, academically excellent charter schools flourish. In turn, schools that fail to produce strong outcomes close.”
Charter schools are as successful as their policy environments, CER notes.
“Some state laws and regulations encourage diversity and innovation in the charter sector by providing