Carson City, NV - January 29, 2014
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.”
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.