2021 was a remarkable year in many ways for the charter school sector. While the nation continued struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, PreK-12 education emerged as a critical issue across the country. 1.4 million students left district schools and a record number of new students enrolled in charter schools. Meanwhile, state legislators made bold changes to charter laws to meet the demand for even more high-quality public education options.
The change of states’ rankings indicate that change is possible and constant. We hope this report helps charter school supporters defeat harmful bills while boosting their efforts to create more educational opportunities for America’s students. You can find more information on your state's law ranking and how to improve it in our Charter Law Database.