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ERIC Number: ED560991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Trends in State Charter School Laws: Authorizers, Caps, Performance-Based Closures and Virtual Schools
Christie, Kathy; Millard, Maria; Thomsen, Jennifer; Wixom, Micah
Education Commission of the States
Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter school legislation. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) analysts reviewed laws in the 50 states in creating an online database that highlights how state charter school laws vary, particularly in how states establish standards and accountability for charter school authorizers, allow for appeals, provide assistance with start-ups and fund charter schools. Recently, attention to authorizers--the entities responsible for approving and overseeing charter schools--has increased. A growing number of states are establishing standards and reporting requirements that authorizers must adhere to. Six evolving policy areas in state charter school laws are discussed in this brief. Other rapidly evolving policy areas discussed in this brief are limits or "caps" on the number of charter schools allowed in a state, automatic performance-based closures and virtual or "cyber" charter schools.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Florida; Illinois; Maine; Mississippi; Missouri; Nevada; New York; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Rhode Island; Tennessee