Recent report of state charter school laws drops Idaho in rankings
Idaho’s charter school law dropped from number 28 to number 32, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual ranking of state charter school laws. Maine’s charter school law ranked first, and Mississippi’s law remains last. Idaho’s drop was one of the largest in the nation.
Each state is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS’ model charter school law, which include comprehensive monitoring and data collection, equitable access to funding and facilities, and no caps.
“Idaho passed unprecedented school-reform legislation in 2011 impacting the way that public schools operate state-wide,” said Diane Demarest, executive director, Idaho Charter School Network. “We hope that 2012 will be a year to look more closely at equity and quality issues among charter schools. Specifically, Idaho's charter movement and the ranking of our charter law are greatly constrained by our current cap and lack of any form of facility support.”
The complete analysis can be downloaded at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ website: http://www.publiccharters.org/publication/?id=658.