While Tennessee’s law does not cap public charter school growth, provides an appellate process for public charter school applicants rejected by local school districts, and provides a fair amount of accountability, it affords insufficient autonomy and provides inequitable funding.
Tennessee’s law needs improvement in several areas, including ensuring equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities, beefing up the requirements for charter school oversight, and ensuring transparency regarding educational service providers.
*Since Tennessee 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. Tennessee received 140 out of the 228 points available for the remaining 20 components, or 61 percent. We then multiplied the total points possible for all 21 components (240) by 61 percent to get a score comparable to the other states (147).