Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, 2020

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For more than a decade, our charter law rankings report has analyzed how well each state aligns its charter school law to our “gold standard” model law. Our 2020 charter school law rankings are the first rankings to reflect the impact of the 2018 election cycle. States like California and Illinois, where previous governors supported charter-friendly policies, elected officials who allowed charter opponents to make headway on anti-charter-policies. Those states saw a drop in our rankings. At the same time, advocates made improvements in funding and facilities policies in many states, with Idaho and Tennessee making the biggest jumps. 

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