Minnesota remains at the top of a charter-advocacy group’s annual ranking of state charter school laws, while Maryland posts the group’s lowest score among the 42 states that allow such schools.
Among the states that showed major shifts in the ratings by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Utah moved up seven spots, to 18th place, and South Carolina jumped six spots, to 10th place, as a result of recent changes to their charter laws. Massachusetts dropped six places, to the No. 17 spot, because of new data highlighting funding disparities in the state between charter and district schools.
In all, 14 states moved up, while 17 fell.
A version of this article appeared in the February 04, 2015 edition of Education Week as Minnesota Tops Ranking Of Charter School Laws