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