ERIC Number: ED456559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Charter School Laws across the States, 2000: Ranking Score Card and Legislative Profiles.
Center for Education Reform, Washington, DC.
For the 4th year, the Center for Education Reform has evaluated the strength of state legislation establishing charter schools throughout America. The Center offers the nation's only comprehensive evaluation of all charter-school laws using well-established criteria. These laws fall along a spectrum from "strong" (fostering the development of numerous, genuinely independent charter schools) to "weak" (providing few opportunities for development). Thirty-seven state charter laws are ranked according to strength using an A to F grading system. The legislative analysis of each state's charter law and ranking in this document is important for several reasons: the data can serve as guideposts for what kind of charter activity is likely to occur under certain legislative conditions; they also provide a useful yardstick against which to measure and fashion forthcoming legislation and amendments; and they can create awareness of the details and repercussions of various policies by considering the path taken by other states. It is hoped that this document will serve as a guide for states in evaluating their own charter laws for the first time or revisiting the laws with an eye to making potential amendments. (RT)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Reform, Washington, DC.