While Tennessee’s law does not cap charter public school growth, it primarily allows only local school district authorizers, affords insufficient autonomy and accountability, 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; creating additional authorizing options in all of the state’s districts; providing adequate authorizer funding; ensuring authorizer accountability; beefing up the requirements for performance-based contracts, charter school oversight, and renewals; 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 126 out of the 228 points available for the remaining 20 components, or 55 percent. We then multiplied the total points possible for all 21 components (240) by 55 percent to get a score comparable to the other states (133).