In February, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual ranking of state charter school laws, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Ninth Edition(link is external). Central to the ranking system is the degree to which each state’s law ensures that charter schools are treated with appropriate levels of equity, autonomy, and accountability. In a positive sign for Colorado — and in part because of the passage of legislation last year focused on ensuring equitable funding for Colorado charter school students — our state’s ranking saw one of the largest jumps of any state in the country, moving from No. 5 to No. 2, second only to Indiana.
While this news is certainly welcome, it confirms what those of us working in the Colorado charter school community have known for quite some time: that Colorado has one of the nation’s strongest charter school sectors, characterized by transparency, accountability, bipartisanship, and strong performance.