Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
In January 2011, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the second annual ranking of 41 state charter school laws, and Minnesota's law is ranked first in the nation. This ranking is based on a review of 20 essential components from the National Alliance's model state charter school law.
The report, "Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws," notes that Minnesota is the leader in a number of the components, particularly for our "Quality Control" policies.
Quality Control policies relate to things such as: the transparency of the charter application; review and decision-making processes; the requirement for performance-based charter contracts; comprehensive charter school monitoring and data collection processes; and clear processes for renewal, nonrenewal and revocation decisions.
The #1 ranking is the direct result of the legislation enacted in 2009 that gave Minnesota a "second generation" charter school law.