Rhode Island’s law provides a fair amount of accountability but caps charter public school growth, allows only one authorizing option, and provides inadequate autonomy and inequitable funding to charter schools.
Rhode Island’s law is still in need of significant improvement, most notably by removing the remaining caps on charter school growth, providing additional authorizing options for charter applicants, ensuring authorizer accountability, providing adequate authorizer funding, increasing operational autonomy, and ensuring equitable access to capital funding and facilities.
*Since Rhode Island does not allow full-time virtual charter schools, the highest score possible is 228 for the remaining 20 components. However, we converted this score to one that is comparable to the states that allow full-time virtual charter schools. Rhode Island received 111 out of the 228 points available for the remaining 20 components, or 49 percent. We then multiplied the total points possible for all 21 components (240) by 49 percent to get a score comparable to the other states (117).