Nevada Ranks Among Top Third in Nation in State Charter School Law Rankings


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Carson City, NV - January 29, 2014

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Nevada’s charter school law ranks 13th among the 43 states that have approved charter school laws, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual ranking of state charter school laws. Nevada is one of 12 states that made charter law improvements in 2013 that led to a higher ranking.

Now in its fifth year, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws ranks states on twenty essential components of strong charter school laws, which includes measuring quality and accountability, equitable access to funding and facilities and limited caps on charter school growth.

“I am proud of Nevada’s movement up the list regarding our state’s charter school laws,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “It is important for parents to have choices regarding their child’s education and by strengthening charter school laws, Nevada’s children have increased opportunity and parents have greater choice.”
 
Nevada moved up nine spots from 22nd to 13th this year because of two major pieces of charter school legislation enacted in 2013 that created performance frameworks as part of charter contracts, strengthened application and renewal processes, provided for stronger authorizer accountability, and provided facilities support. "With these changes in law, we have a renewed emphasis on student and school performance and on accountable charter school authorizing,” said State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) Board Chair Kathleen Conaboy. “We have new funding for charter school start-ups and access to non-profit bonding for charter school buildings. This means that Nevada policy makers support learning innovations, while demanding accountability. This is the essence of the charter school philosophy."
 
“School choice works only if parents and students have good choices,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga. “With almost four percent of Nevada’s student population enrolled in charter schools sponsored by the SPCSA, the state’s third largest school district, it is increasingly important that we create an environment in which high-performing charters can exist.”
 
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. For more information and to read the Alliance’s report, go to www.publiccharters.org.

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