Maryland charter law gets a D
The Center for Educaton Reform released a study this morning that gives Maryland a D for its charter school law. CEF says the state has the ninth worst charter school law in the country.
The state gets low marks for having a law that allows only school districts to authorize charter schools to start up and requires teachers to remain part of the collective bargaining contract. While there is no cap on the number of charters allowed in the state, local school districts can set their own limits.
"Most states still have significant deficiencies in their charter laws—despite the highly publicized 'Race to the Top' competition that promises to distribute $4.3 billion in extra education funding for reform-oriented states," according to the report.
Maryland was in good company. Half the 40 states with charter laws received great grades and 16 barely passed.