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UTAH: Think tank gives Utah a ‘B’ for charter schools

utah-charter-schoolsSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A think tank that promotes smaller and innovative schools has recognized Utah for having progressive charter school policies.

The evaluation came from The Center for Education Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that has been evaluating state policies for charter schools for more than a decade.

The group ranked Utah 11th in the nation for its charter-school system. It gave Utah a “B” for having policies friendly to charter schools.

The center said Utah provides charter schools with equitable funding and self-determination, and gives parents more choice with policies that allow students to transfer to charter schools in their own or another district.

Utah legislators were credited for making digital learning widely available, and for providing scholarships to children with special needs through the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship program.

Utah fell short in only one category: It doesn’t rate teachers on their merits for tenure or advancement, while “ineffective classroom performance is not a ground for dismissal,” the group said.

Kim Frank of the Utah Charter Network, an advocacy group, said the notion that charter and traditional education are at odds with each other is eroding.

“The main reason to see charter schools in Utah grow is you have smaller schools,” Frank told The Salt Lake Tribune. “And with new and innovative programs, that information can be shared with all schools — and all ships rise.”

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,


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