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Table 3.3. States with charter school caps, automatic exemptions, required teacher certification, and identification of special education responsibilities for charter schools, by state: 201213
 
State State has a cap
on the number
of charter
schools
State law provides
automatic exemptions
from many state and
district laws and
regulations
  Teacher
certification
required
  State law identifies
special education
services responsibilities
for charter schools
United States1 21 28   36   30
             
Alabama    
Alaska No Yes   Yes   No
Arizona Yes Yes   No   Yes
Arkansas Yes No 2 No 2 Yes
California Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
             
Colorado No Yes   Yes 4 Yes
Connecticut Yes No 2 Yes 3 Yes
Delaware No Yes   Yes 3 No
District of Columbia Yes Yes   No   Yes
Florida No Yes   Yes   Yes
             
Georgia No No 2 No 2 Yes
Hawaii No Yes   Yes   Yes
Idaho No Yes   Yes 4 Yes
Illinois Yes Yes   Yes 3 No
Indiana No Yes   Yes 4 No
             
Iowa No Yes 2 Yes   Yes
Kansas No No 2 Yes   No
Kentucky    
Louisiana No Yes   No   Yes
Maine Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
             
Maryland No No 2 Yes   No
Massachusetts Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
Michigan Yes No 2 Yes   Yes
Minnesota No Yes   Yes   Yes
Mississippi Yes No 2 Yes   No
             
Missouri Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
Montana    
Nebraska    
Nevada No No 5 Yes 3 No
New Hampshire Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
             
New Jersey No No 2 Yes   Yes
New Mexico Yes No 2 Yes   Yes
New York Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
North Carolina No Yes   Yes 3 No
North Dakota    
             
Ohio Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
Oklahoma Yes Yes   No   Yes
Oregon No Yes   Yes 3 Yes
Pennsylvania No Yes   Yes 3 Yes
Rhode Island Yes No 2 Yes   No
             
South Carolina No Yes   Yes 3 Yes
South Dakota    
Tennessee No No 2 Yes   No
Texas Yes Yes 6 No 3 Yes
Utah Yes No 2 Yes   Yes
             
Vermont    
Virginia No No 2 Yes   No
Washington Yes Yes   Yes 7 Yes
West Virginia    
Wisconsin Yes Yes 8 Yes 3 No
Wyoming No No 2 Yes   Yes
† Not applicable. The state does not have a charter school law.
1 The total reflects the number of "Yes" responses in the column.
2 State law allows schools to apply for exemptions from this requirement.
3 State law requires that some teachers, but not all, be certified.
4 Certification is required unless a waiver is granted.
5 Nevada state law allows a charter school to submit a written request to the state superintendent of public instruction for a waiver from providing the days of instruction required by state law.
6 For district-authorized charters, Texas state law does not provide automatic exemptions from district laws.
7 In Washington, charter schools are not exempt from the state teacher certification requirements, except they may hire non-certificated instructional staff of unusual competence and in exceptional cases.
8 Wisconsin state law provides automatic exemptions from many state and district laws and regulations for some schools, but not all.
SOURCE: Measuring Up to the Model, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, retrieved June 15, 2013 from http://www.publiccharters.org/data/files/Publication_docs/NAPCS_2012_StateLawRankings_Final_20120117T162953.pdf ; Measuring up to the Model: A Tool for Comparing State Charter School Laws, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, retrieved April 17, 2013 from http://www.publiccharters.org/law/. Data Source

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