Texas

Year Law Enacted: 1995

Number of Charter Students in the State

264,606


5%

Percentage of public school students attending charters Derived from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools

Number of Charter Schools

703


8%

Percentage of public schools that are charters Derived from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools

Authorizing Policy Context

Texas passed significant reforms in 2013 to address a history of mixed charter school quality and accountability in the state. The legislation also raised the cap on the number of charter schools allowed and created several first-of-its-kind measures to encourage the replication of high-performing charter schools.