Pennsylvania Plummets in National Rankings for Charter School Law
February 06, 2013
An antiquated charter school law in need of updates led to a fall in national rankings released recently by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).
Pennsylvania moved from 13th in 2011 to 16th in 2012, ending up 19th in 2013 among the 43 states that have charter school laws. This is largely due to a failure to update the Commonwealth’s charter school law, which was enacted in 1997 and never significantly changed over the past 16 years.
“The Pennsylvania charter school legislation was innovative when it was enacted, but other states have now surpassed us. This is the second consecutive year we have dropped in the rankings,” said Robert Fayfich, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS). “The state legislature has been unable to pass reform legislation that would allow us to implement what we have learned in the past 15 years. These rankings draw attention to that inaction, which greatly inhibits educational opportunities for the children of Pennsylvania.”
NAPCS releases annual rankings for states that have charter school laws in place, assigning a score based on 20 essential components from NAPCS model law, which measure quality and accountability, equal access to funding and facilities and limited caps on growth of charter schools.