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Authorizers Must Ensure the Charter Sector Lives Up to Its Many Promises

Monday, September 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jason Zwara
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What is the purpose of a charter school? Often, when talking about the role of charter schools, proponents focus on a single purpose. Some claim parental choice alone is enough for charters to exist, while others argue charter schools were meant to be hubs of innovation. By narrowing the conversation, we may be overlooking the broad range of purposes charters were envisioned to serve.

Recently, NACSA examined the legislative purposes embedded in charter school laws across the country. We found 80 percent of state charter school laws (36 out of 45 states) explicitly lay out legislative purposes for enacting the law. Of these 36 states, every single law included at least two distinct purposes for permitting charter schools, with an average of more than five.

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