ON-Lion Letter

Of the 42 states and the District of Columbia that have charter-school laws, only one-third earned above-average scores for implementing a strong policy environment, according to the 16th edition of Charter School Laws Across the States 2015:  Rankings and Scorecard, released in March by The Center for Education Reform (CER) in Washington, D.C.

"It is abundantly clear that little to no progress has been made over the past year," according to Kara Kerwin, president of CER, which is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  "Charter school growth does continue at a steady, nearly linear pace nationally, especially in states with charter laws graded 'A' or 'B,' but an even more accelerated pace would allow charter schools to play a more central role in addressing the demands and needs of our nation’s students."

"Strong charter laws feature independent, multiple authorizers, few limits on expansion, equitable funding, and high levels of school autonomy," said Alison Consoletti Zgainer, CER's executive vice president and the report's lead editor.  "Many states that appear to have all of the critical components of a strong law struggle with the implementation of key provisions, which is why the rankings over the past few years have shown little variance and have remained relatively stagnant."

Only four states and D.C. earned As, with D.C. holding on to the number-one seat for seven years in a row.  Eight states earned Bs, 19 Cs, and 11 Ds or Fs.  Wisconsin earned a C.  Thirteen states saw changes to their ranking since last year, but any changes to laws within the past year have been modest at best, the report demonstrates.

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