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2024 State Legislative Sessions, Spring 2024 Update

With many state legislative sessions wrapped up for 2024, now is a good time to take stock of how charter school supporters fared in their advocacy efforts this year.

New Law Expands Funding and Access to High-Quality Charter Schools in Iowa

Today, during a special visit to Horizon Science Academy Charter School in Des Moines, Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new law (SF 2368/HF 2543) to enhance funding equity for public charter schools, improve access to school facilities, and expand extracurricular options for charter school students.

New Iowa Law Expands Access to High-Quality Public Education Opportunities for Families

“The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools applauds the Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy, Workforce Initiative for Nurses Academy, and West Virginia Academy for seeking to join this litigation to protect the opportunity for families to choose high quality public charter schools in West Virginia.

Charter Schools in Focus: Highlights from State of the State Addresses 2024

With most state legislative sessions wrapping up this spring, we reflect on what state leaders set out to accomplish for public education this year. For parents, leaders, and supporters of charter schools, the State of the State addresses given by governors before legislative session kicks off, offer valuable insights into the direction of education policy

What’s Next for Charter Schools in the 2024 State Legislative Sessions

As state legislative sessions get underway across the country, we are already starting to see charter school bills—both good and bad—get introduced in several states.

4 States Setting Charter Schools Up for Success in 2022

In 2021, families were desperate for more educational options. Hearing their cries, lawmakers in state after state made significant improvements to their charter school laws, creating more fertile ground for these unique public schools. These changes were reflected in the National Alliance’s 13th annual state charter school law rankings report, which saw positive movement in a number… Continue reading 4 States Setting Charter Schools Up for Success in 2022

The 10 Biggest State Policy Wins for Charter Schools in 2021

With renewed public attention on education in 2021, and a dramatic shift in public school enrollment trends, state legislatures accomplished a lot for students over the past year. Here are the top 10 wins we saw across the country: Arizona A new $30 million transportation program in Arizona will make it easier for students to physically… Continue reading The 10 Biggest State Policy Wins for Charter Schools in 2021

A Silver Lining of the Pandemic Shines in Iowa as Charter School Reform Bill Becomes Law

Iowa passed a charter school law in 2002. Since then, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has worked to improve the law to ensure more Iowans have the options for an education that meets their learning needs. A Strong Legislative Partnership Begins In 2017, Mark Jacobs of Reaching Higher Iowa (RHI) contacted the National Alliance to analyze the state’s charter school law (which was ranked 41 out… Continue reading A Silver Lining of the Pandemic Shines in Iowa as Charter School Reform Bill Becomes Law

Student Access to World-Class Education Options Expanded in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President of State Advocacy and Support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, issued a statement following the enactment of a game-changing public charter school bill in Iowa: “Iowa students and families deserve more education opportunities. This was made even more clear during the pandemic, as Governor Kim Reynolds… Continue reading Student Access to World-Class Education Options Expanded in Iowa

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