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ERIC Number: ED561945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Questions to Consider When Creating or Modifying Charter School Laws. ECS Education Policy Analysis
Aragon, Stephanie
Education Commission of the States
The first charter school law surfaced in Minnesota in 1991, and since then, 42 additional states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have passed laws governing charter schools. Yet still today, the details within those state laws vary significantly, and seven states do not have a law at all. Legislation permitting charter schools was recently passed in Alabama, but failed to progress in West Virginia. In the states where charter school legislation already exists, modifications to existing policy are consistently being made. Through its review of commonalities in state policies highlighted in the Education Commission of the States (ECS) charter school database, as well as recommendations on the critical components of charter school laws from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, ECS has compiled key questions that are worthy of consideration during the creation of a new charter school law or the revision of existing law. National comparisons and state examples are provided if covered in the ECS charter school database. This report contains questions regarding the following categories: (1) general; (2) authorizing bodies; (3) accountability; (4) autonomy; (5) funding; (6) teachers; and (7) students. Key takeaways in this policy analysis include: (1) Thirty-three states and Puerto Rico have a statewide authorizing body in place; (2) Eleven states and the District of Columbia have established academic performance thresholds below which charters must be revoked or non-renewed; and (3) 29 states and the District of Columbia provide facilities funding or other facilities assistance to charter schools.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; District of Columbia; Hawaii; Illinois; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Nevada; New Jersey; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; Utah; West Virginia