The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools published a very useful summary of the increasing strength of charter school laws between 2010 and 2013. Some states advanced their laws incrementally, and others raced ahead. Here is a map I put together based on their data:
Figure 1: States Making 10 Point or Greater Gains on the Strength of their Charter School Law Between 2010 and 2013 (Red = Greater than 20 Points)
This map fails to capture the full amount of improvement, as 35 states improved their charter school laws during this period against only one small decline (Pennsylvania). Table 1 comes from the study and shows the year by year scores for charter schools in each state. Maine came in strong with new legislation in 2012 which they improved in 2013, resulting in the second highest ranked law in the nation. Hawaii delivers the biggest point gain in the ranking with a huge improvement in their legislation in 2013.
Table 1: Year by Year Scores for State Charter School Laws 2010-2013 (Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools)
|District of Columbia||132||132||132||134||2|
Note that Mississippi’s strengthening of their 2011 charter school law has not yet been reflected in the rankings. Interestingly, new kids on the block Maine and Washington now have stronger charter school laws than Florida according to the NAPCS rankings.
Bully for them, but surely that cannot be allowed to stand…
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Dr. Matthew Ladner @MatthewLadner
Dr. Matthew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He previously served as Vice President of Research and Goldwater Institute. Prior to joining Goldwater, Dr. Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice. Dr. Ladner has written numerous studies on school choice, charter schools and special education reform. Most recently, Dr. Ladner authored the groundbreaking, original research Turn and Face the Strain: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future of American Education, outlining the future funding crisis facing America’s K-12 public education funding. He also coauthors the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform. Dr. Ladner has testified before Congress, the United States Commission of Civil Rights and numerous state legislative committees. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received both a Masters and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston. Dr. Ladner is a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Educational Choice. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.