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From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Finance - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Closings - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

What Policymakers Need to Know: Highlights of State Charter School Laws PDF - This ECS StateNote provides information on seven key areas of charter school policy: (1) Charter School Caps; (2) Charter School is its Own LEA; (3) Source of Charter School Funding; (4)Charter School Facilities Assistance; (5)Charter School Teacher Certification; (6)Charter School Bound By Collective Bargaining Agreements; and (7) Charter School Renewal Appeals Process. (Molly Ryan, Education Commisison of the States, March 2011)...

Charter Schools Online Database - Access the ECS database of state policies for charter schools. (Molly Ryan, Education Commission of the States, October 2010)...

“Ahead-of-the-Curve” Charter School Policies PDF - Whether motivated by the desire to secure Race to the Top funds or other state policy initiatives, a number of states have recently enacted legislation to promote charter school growth. This ECS StateNote provides highlights of several "ahead-of-the-curve" state policy approaches. (Education Commission of the States, Molly Ryan, June 2010)...

Illinois State Charter School Funding Task Force Report - The idea that every student receive an equal base amount of funding that would follow the child regardless if he's enrolled at a district or charter school is among recommendations to the legislature by an Illinois charter school funding task force. Task force members also proposed expansion of the authorizer fee and clarified that it is the authorizers' duty to provide equitable access to charter school facilities. (Illinois State Charter School Funding Task Force, February 2014)...

Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools & Students, 2013-2014 - Approximately 600 new public charter schools opened in the school year 2013-14, adding 288,000 students to the charter school roster; 200 closed. Using information from state departments of education, this brief estimates there are now 6,400 public schools enrolling 2.5 million students nationwide. (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, February 2014)...

Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws - In Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, each state receives a score on its law’s strength based on the 20 essential components from the model law developed by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Minnesota remained at #1, but barely, because Indiana moved up seven spots to #2. Mississippi moved up 29 spots from #43 to #14, the largest jump in rankings in five years of producing this report. Find out how your state stacks up using their interactive database link. (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, January 2014)...

A Growing Movement: America's Largest Charter School Communities - The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools tracks student enrollment in charter schools. Using 2012-2013 student enrollment, this report analyzes nation-wide charter school enrollment and identifies communities with the highest enrollment numbers and percentages. Among other findings in this 2013 report: New Orleans remains the largest market for charter schools. Communities in the American West and South saw significant growth in charter school enrollment. (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, December 2013)...

Student Achievement in Florida's Charter Schools: A Comparison of the Performance of Charter School Students with Traditional Public School Students - Charter schools offer parents and policymakers a viable option for improving education in Florida, says a report produced by the Florida Department of Education. Using student achievement data from 2011-12, the study concludes charter students outperformed traditional students in 55 of 63 proficiency comparisons. In learning gains, charters were ahead in 83 of 96 comparisons. (Florida Department of Education, March 2013)...

Charter Schools and Charter Systems in Georgia: State Charter Schools Commission Briefing - Provides an overview of the history and development of Georgia's charter schools and charter system and reviews the differences that exist in charter schools. The academic influence of charter schools, charter school authorization, and school district flexibility and accountability are also addressed. (Georgia Department of Education, 2013)...

Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter Laws - Showing progress for the public charter school movement, this year's Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter Laws has been released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Of 43 states with charter laws on the books, the top five states with laws closest to the alliance's models are Minnesota, Maine, Washington, Colorado, and Florida. A few states dropped in the ranks, not because they're doing worse, but because some states leapt ahead of them. (Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance of Public Schools, January 2013)...

Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, By School Type - Table 2 - Table indicates the number of operating public elementary and secondary schools by school type, charter, magnet, Title I and Title I schoolwide status, and state or jurisdiction for the 2011-12 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics, April 2012)...

California Charter Oversight: Key Elements and Actual Costs - This report explores the practices of charter school authorizers in California and provides options for improving oversight practices. (California Research Bureau, 2012)...


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