BY DIETTE COURRÉGÉ CASEY

dcourrege@postandcourier.com

South Carolina’s new charter school laws have boosted the state’s ranking 13 spots to No. 12, according to a new report.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools annually ranks states’ charter school laws based on 20 factors that the alliance considers essential.

Of the 43 states with charter school laws, Minnesota ranked No. 1. Mississippi’s was last.

South Carolina was one of six states to see a considerable jump in its ranking from the previous year, but alliance officials said the state still has room for improvement.

Specifically, the state needs to work on issues such as: ensuring equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities and ensuring authorizer accountability, according to the report.

The report is meant to be a guide for governors and law to take action to strengthen their education reform laws.

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