On the Road to Better Accessibility, Autonomy, and Accountability: State Policy Analysis 2015

Across America, there is much debate about charter schools. Some of that debate is about the existence of charter schools and whether there should be more or fewer of them. More of the debate is about the quality and oversight of charter schools. This publication is part of that debate and speaks to the state laws and policies that greatly determine how many charter schools exist (accessibility), the flexibility they have to operate (autonomy), and the standards of quality and oversight they must meet (accountability).
This publication presents eight state policy recommendations that can provide a solid foundation for better accessibility, autonomy, and accountability for charter schools. It also analyzes and ranks each state’s current policies against these eight recommendations.