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This year, National School Choice Week coincides with Martin Luther King Day. It’s a fortuitous conjunction. Dr. King dedicated his life to justice and opportunity for African Americans — for all Americans, in fact. And school choice has been pivotal to delivering on that promise in the modern era.
Surveys consistently show that African-American families are some of the strongest supporters of school choice. The opportunity to choose their child’s school empowers families to break out of school systems that have not served students well.
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While economically privileged families have always had the opportunity to exercise school choice, either by paying for private school tuition or moving to a high-quality school district, options such as public charter schools are finally making choice available to families regardless of their economic means.
When it comes to choice, quality matters. Giving families the ability to choose between multiple subpar schools isn’t much of a choice. Families certainly choose schools for reasons that go beyond test scores; school safety is a top consideration for parents. But our goal should be to give every parent access to multiple high-quality schools.
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Education advocates advance this goal by publishing an annual ranking of state charter school laws. The rankings — now in their 10th year — are based on more than 25 years of studying which policies and practices correlate with having great charter schools. Experience tells us that states can create the conditions for high-quality charter schools by providing — among other things — flexibility, funding equity, non-district authorizers, facilities support and accountability. We’ve captured these qualities in our model state law, and the rankings assess how well each state’s law aligns with our model.
For the fourth year in a row, Indiana has the strongest charter school law in the country. The state does not cap charter school growth, includes...
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