State Policy Analysis

State Policy Analysis: 2014

Good authorizing leads to better charter schools for children. Authorizing is the work of approving and monitoring charter schools and determining which of them are performing well enough to stay open.

Every charter school has an authorizer. Yet in most states, the laws that govern charter schools and authorizers are weak or vague about school quality and accountability. Most state charter school laws need to be clearer and stronger. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is dedicated to improving public education by strengthening and leveraging the work of charter school authorizers. This report describes, state by state, how laws can be improved to promote quality and accountability among charter schools across the country.

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