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Table 4.4. States with charter school caps, automatic exemptions, required teacher certification, and identification of special education responsibilities for charter schools, by state: 201314

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 27   36   30
             
Alabama    
Alaska No Yes   Yes   No
Arizona No 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 No   Yes   Yes
Idaho Yes Yes   Yes 4 Yes
Illinois Yes Yes   Yes 3 No
Indiana No Yes 5 Yes 2 No
             
Iowa No No 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 Yes 2 Yes 3 Yes
             
Missouri Yes Yes   Yes 3 Yes
Montana    
Nebraska    
Nevada No No 6 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 7 No   Yes
Utah Yes No 2 Yes   Yes
             
Vermont    
Virginia No No 2 Yes   No
Washington Yes Yes   Yes 3 No
West Virginia    
Wisconsin Yes Yes 5 Yes 3 No
Wyoming No No 2 Yes   Yes
† Not applicable.
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 State law provides automatic exemptions from many state and district laws and regulations for some, but not all, schools.
6 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.
7 For district-authorized charters, Texas state law does not provide automatic exemptions from district laws.
SOURCE: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws (2014), retrieved April 2, 2014 from http://www.publiccharters.org/publications/state-ranking-2014. Data Source.
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