While Kansas’ law does not cap public charter school growth, it allows only district authorizers and provides little autonomy, insufficient accountability,
and inequitable funding to charter schools.
Kansas’ law needs improvement across the board. Potential starting points include expanding authorizing options, beefing up the law in relation to
the model law’s four quality-control components (Components #6 through #9), increasing operational autonomy, ensuring equitable operational
funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities, ensuring transparency regarding educational service providers, and strengthening accountability for full-time virtual charter schools.