Annual Charter School Law Report Card Issued
Most states only making satisfactory progress. Strong laws in 13 states.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With fewer than half of the U.S.'s state charter school laws earning a satisfactory grade, policymakers this year are faced with enormous challenges. The success of these new public schools is unparalleled, with more than 2 million students today attending in excess of 6,000 public charter schools. Yet, with fewer than half of the states able to meet the demands of parents and educators who want the freedom to choose charter schools, state laws simply must improve to ensure growth and sustainability.
This is the conclusion of the 14th annual Charter School Laws Across the States Ranking and Scorecard produced by The Center for Education Reform. Among the nation's 43 charter school laws, there are only four As, nine Bs, 19 Cs and the remaining 11 states earned Ds and Fs.
"At 21 years old, the national charter school movement is only making satisfactory progress," said CER president Jeanne Allen. "Satisfactory progress is not good enough for our students' report cards and it shouldn't be good enough for our state report cards. In the past two years, we've seen two new charter laws but both are average in their construction, unlikely to yield large numbers of successful charter schools, and only minimal state improvements. Many states failed to advance substantive reform in 2012, a fact we hope to see change this year."
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