Raleigh - The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools received notification today that due to our efforts in creating a better policy environment in NC, the state’s model charter law ranking has moved from number 33 in 2012 to 23 in 2013 and this year has received the rank of 19th in the Nation! The NC Alliance was the only Charter organization with targeted policy legislation being sponsored by Senator Jerry Tillman and Rep. John Hardister.
Thank you to our partners in the Legislature for all of your hard work during the 2013 Session and to the members of the NC Alliance for your partnership in providing quality education. Our work has been recognized nationally by the national association and becoming model law for the country. While there is still much work to be done, we know that NC is well on our way to being the number one state for model law and model Charter Schools.
The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the state’s leading nonprofit organization committed to advancing quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful public charter schools.
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From the National Alliance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws ranks each of the country’s state charter school laws. Each law receives a score based on 20 essential components from the National Alliance’s model law on metrics such as quality and accountability, equitable access to funding and facilities, and no caps on charter school growth.
“This year’s rankings reflect the advances we’ve seen in so many states over the past year,” said National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees. “This annual ranking is an important barometer for measuring changes in charter school policy. States are increasingly aware of the impact their charter school law has on providing students access to high-quality public school options and we are encouraged to see so many improving their laws.”
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, and now ranks 19th.
“Property tax exemptions, better accommodations for siblings, greater latitude in facility acquisitions, and a legislatively created state charter board are a few of the numerous improvements enacted,” explained Baker Mitchell, Chairman of the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “The NC Alliance was able to achieve a majority of the improvements we sought for our members while avoiding a number of detrimental changes sought by others,” Mitchell added. He stated that two funding items still remain to achieve funding parity with traditional schools, but he believes they will be addressed in the next session as recommended by the Report.
The report recommends that North Carolina policymakers focus on ensuring that charter schools receive equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities, as well as provide adequate authorizer funding.
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.
“Despite these many improvements, there is still work to be done,” continued Rees. “As the highest-ranked state, Minnesota still only received 75 percent of the total points. We hope these rankings will continue to encourage lawmakers to improve their laws and support better environments for charter schools in each of their states.”
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.
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