The Center for Education Reform released their much-anticipated rankings of charter schools laws last week. In this scorecard, states were graded in four different areas:
1. The existence of independent and/or multiple authorizers
2. The number of schools allowed and state caps
3. Operational and fiscal autonomy
4. Equitable funding
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.
So how did the states add up?
Washington D.C ranked #1 out of the 43 states who have charter schools, followed by Minnesota, Indiana–where three Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) schools are located–Michigan and Arizona.
Not far behind was Florida at #7, where a majority of CSUSA schools are operated and managed. Our other locations include Louisiana, ranked #16, Georgia at #17, North Carolina at #25, and Illinois at #32.
To see a break down of each of the 43 states, click here to read Charter School Laws Across the States 2015: Rankings and Scorecard.
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