North Carolina’s charter school laws rank 19th in the nation in terms of quality, according to an annual state-by-state ranking of charter school law quality released on January 28 by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
“Since the removal of the public charter school cap a few years ago, North Carolina has continued to climb in this ranking. North Carolina now has 10 new counties that have at least one public charter school,” said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.
North Carolina’s ranking in the report moved up four places this past year, as the state enacted legislation in 2013 that impacted its charter school law. The state was ranked 23rd in the prior year’s report.“
In 2013, 12 states made improvements that led to an increase in their scores in the report, including partially or entirely removing caps on the number of charter schools allowed, strengthening authorizing processes and improving support for charter school funding and facilities.
One of every 20 American children now attends public charter schools. More than 6,000 schools are teaching more than 2.5 million children. Eight states still remain without a charter school law: Alabama, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Click here to read Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws