Maine's Charter School Law Tops NAPCS Rankings

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Posted: January 17, 2012
Focus Areas: Authorizing, State Policy
States: Maine

The newest state with a charter school law also has the best law, according to a January 2012 report from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).

Maine, which in September 2011 became the 41st state with a charter school law, ranks first in  NAPCS’s Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws. The report, which is in its third edition, profiles each of the charter school laws and compares them to  NAPCS’s model law, which includes 20 essential components.

In addition to Maine, when it comes to “quality control policies,” the report touts the charter school laws in Arkansas, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Mexico.

“It’s critical that state lawmakers recognize the importance of charter school quality and the impact that their laws have on it,” states NAPCS Vice President of State Advocacy and Support Todd Ziebarth, who wrote the report.