Resources & Research

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School Closures and Student Achievement: An Analysis of Ohio's Urban District and Charter Schools

Closing poor-performing schools is an increasingly prevalent strategy for improving public education. And the promise of school choice is based in part on the notion that the educational market will force poor-performing schools to close. However, policymakers know little about the academic impact of closure on the students it displaces.

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Summary of State Virtual Charter Public School Funding Policies

This paper from the Center for School Change summarizes a year long survey completed in September 2013 about virtual charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The 
survey was carried out to answer three questions that state policy-makers, 
educators, parents and other people have asked.

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Replicating Quality – Policy Recommendations to Support the Replication and Growth of High-Performing Charter Schools and Networks

This January 2014 report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Charter School Growth Fund identifies a set of key policies and practices that could dramatically accelerate the replication and growth of high-performing charter schools and charter networks. 

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An Act Concerning Conversion of Certain Nonpublic Schools Into Charter Schools, New Jersey

This 2011 New Jersey law allows for high-performing nonpublic schools located in a failing school district to become a charter school.

Policy and Procedures |

Ohio Education Law, Amended Substitute Senate Bill 316

This is Ohio’s Amended Substitute Senate Bill 316, which was signed into law by the governor on June 25, 2012, and involves changes impacting charter schools, including an increase from two to five in the number of start-up school governing boards on which an individual can serve; a requirement for revision by the state education board of operating standards to accommodate blended learning programs; a delay until 2015-2016 for a requirement for core subject teachers at low-performing schools to take cont

Policy and Procedures |

South Carolina Charter School Law Changes, May 2012

This is South Carolina's new charter school law, adopted in May 2012. Among other changes, the law allows single-sex charter schools and sponsorship of schools by institutions of higher learning. It also makes charter school students “eligible to compete for, and if selected, participate in any extracurricular activities not offered by the student's charter school which are offered at the resident public school he would otherwise attend.”

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Idaho Law That Lifts Charter School Cap

This is the Idaho legislation signed by the governor on March 23, 2012, that lifts the state’s cap on charter school growth. It removes the cap of six new charter schools per year and one per district per year.

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Beyond City Limits: Expanding Public Charter Schools in Rural America

This February 2012 report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools focuses on the challenges and strategies for success for charter schools in rural areas. The report includes detailed information about rural public school demographics, noting that rural public school enrollment increased 8 percent from 2006 to 2009 while suburban and urban enrollment remained flat. Policy recommendations also are included.

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Updated Analysis of Racial Segregation in Pulaski County Charter and Traditional Schools

This May 2010 report from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas describes enrollment patterns by race and free or reduced lunch eligibility in Little Rock area charter schools and traditional public schools. The report includes data on student transfers and provides an assessment of the impact of charter schools on the general level of integration or segregation in the schools.

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Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws

This January 2012 National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) report ranks and analyzes the charter school laws that are now in place in 41 states and the District of Columbia. The report, which is in its third edition, compares the laws to  NAPCS’s model law, highlights key changes in state laws, and provides profiles of each state law.