How Ohio tips its charter cap

Lots not to like in recent amendments to Ohio’s charter school law, especially the numerical cap on how many new schools can open. Legislators are rightly concerned about quality; as the recent PPI monograph showed us, all’s not perfect in the Buckeye State’s charter sector. But slapping a cap on numbers doesn’t do anything to ensure quality, and it will prevent high-quality schools from opening once the cap is reached.

Well, not entirely – thanks to an interesting provision in the new law: existing operators of successful charters can open additional schools without counting against the cap. The cap is still a blunt tool to use in fashioning a quality charter school movement, but this provision at least makes it a bit sharper.

— Guestblogger Bryan Hassel, Public Impact

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