Evaluation of the Public Charter Schools Program: Year One Evaluation Report
OVERVIEW OF STATE CHARTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY
Sources: Information in table compiled from SRI data collection and legislative analyses; consultation with Eric Hirsch of the National Conference of State Legislatures; the US Charter Schools Web site (http://www.uscharterschools.org/); and the Committee for Education Reform's Charter School Legislation: State-by-State Analyses.
Footnotes:1See Appendix N for further detail on charter school authorizers.
2Includes one charter that never opened and one that has been closed for lack of enrollment
3Types of school permitted not specified in law.
4Arizona reported that 334 schools were open as of 9/30/99, although many of these are multiple school sites operating under single charters.
5Numbers of each type of charter school not provided by survey respondent, as figures haven't incorporated into database.
6Colorado law technically has no provision for conversions, so schools had to close and reopen as "newly created" charter schools. Two of these were formerly public schools, and one was formerly a private school.
7Two of these charters were later revoked, so respondent did not provide data on them
8Although no private conversions are allowed in Florida, some former private schools have dissolved and "enrobed" as public schools.
9One stayed as a school but is no longer a charter. This charter school was a public conversion.
10Types of school permitted not specified in law.
11Under Michigan law, all charter schools become "new." Twenty-three of these charter schools in the state are former private schools that became chartered.
12Law stipulates that a maximum of 5% of school buildings currently in use may be converted (does not apply to vacant buildings or buildings not used for instructional purposes).
13Twenty-two schools opened under a prior school reform law; many of these schools received PCSP funds. Under the 1999 charter law, no charter schools have yet been opened.
14One charter school in Pennsylvania closed pending a court order at time of interview. The school in question was not counted in the number of charter schools open, but was counted in the number of charters granted in the state.
15Although the state respondent provided information on the number of conversions from private schools and other pre-existing educational organizations, Pennsylvania's charter law provides only for the creation of new schools and public conversions.
16Respondent answered 81, reflecting that 2 additional schools would be opened a week after the survey was conducted.
17This includes "full" charters granted, not those granted "conditional" charters that didn't later become full charters.
18Estimated; SEA was not directly involved in collecting this information.
19Conversion is part of an existing public school.
20Tribally operated alternative school.