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Microsoft Word - 2009_State_Legislative_Session_Summary - July 2

2009 State Legislative Session Highlights

National Alliance

Most states have now wrapped up their legislative sessions. While the comments in favor of public charter schools by President Obama and Secretary Duncan have been quite helpful for charters, the current economic recession created one of the most challenging state policy environments in years. Within this environment, the primary goal of many state charter advocates has been to defend what they already have, while still trying to make positive changes where possible. Thus far, charter advocates have won more battles than we lost, a notable accomplishment given the tough state policy environment facing us. Below is a summary by major issue where charters have won and lost as well as where battles are still undecided. Following this summary, we provide more detailed wrap?ups for each state. Download a complete breakdown of the summary of the 2009 Session Highlights: