How Should the Government Regulate Charter Schools? State Policy Patterns and Causal Effects

This brief describes how charter regulation varies across states, it shows how the regulations are related to charter school outcomes, and provides evidence of their policy effects.

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To our knowledge, this is the first evidence studying the array of charter school regulations and their effects on students and schooling. One potential reason for this gap in the research is that regulatory changes often come in larger packages of reform that make it difficult to isolate particular policy aspects, such as having a statewide charter authorizer, from other policies.

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