Scaling Up: Successes and Challenges of Growing High-Quality Charter Networks

The charter school sector has quadrupled in size since 2000, but operators report that they are still struggling to meet the full demand for high-quality educational options. Based on interviews with three different operators, the major impediments to the growth of charter networks appear to be regulatory, financial, and human-capital constraints. Of those, human-capital constraints are the primary impediment. To continue to grow, the charter sector will need to evaluate which factors have facilitated and deterred expansion. States and policymakers also have a role to play in creating conditions that encourage the growth of quality operators.

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