A report out from a group calling for reform of education gives Indiana a “B” for its laws making it easier for charter schools to exist and expand in the state.
The Center for Education Reform says most states laws make it difficult for charter schools to succeed. Jeanne Allen, president of the center, says her organization wants more states to lift regulations that limit charter school growth.
Forty states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow charter schools, but those laws vary widely. The group credits Indiana and several other states for allowing groups other than school boards to establish charter schools, and wants more states to fund charter schools at the same level as other public schools.
Charter school expansion opponents say those schools need the same amount of regulations and oversight as traditional public schools if they are to receive the same levels of funding.
A report released last year by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes showed on average, charter schools perform at the same level as traditional public schools.