Making Charter School Caps Smarter

From U.S. Charter Schools.com comes this note:

http://www.educationsector.org/usr_doc/CharterSchoolCaps.pdf
Today, 25 states and the District of Columbia restrict the growth of charter schools in some fashion, including restrictions on individual authorizers or limits on the number of charter schools allowed to open. Few of the restrictions address the issue of charter school quality, but rather bluntly limit public schooling options and choices for families. The author calls for “smart charter school caps” that focus on growth and quality help states expand high-quality schooling options for underserved students.

We notice that Kansas is not listed in the report. Fair enough. There is no statewide numeric camp in Kansas. On the other hand, the “only districts can authorize a charter school” requirement has crippled the development of charter schools. As a result of this requirement, they aren’t being used to their full potential in the state.

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