by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The Center for Education Reform (CER) released the annual National Charter School Law Rankings & Scorecard.
North Carolina received a “C” in the 2018 edition of the ranking. That grade is somewhat misleading, considering that the North Carolina charter law ranks 13th out of 44 states and D.C. this year, an improvement of 10 spots since 2015. According to the report,
Positive aspects of the [North Carolina] law include no cap on the number of schools that can exist, robust protections for teachers, and the recent authorization of more innovative charters. However, a lack of equitable funding provisions and multiple, independent authorizers hurts the state’s grade.
The District of Columbia, Arizona, Indiana, and Minnesota were the only jurisdictions to earn an “A” grade.