The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is expected today to release a ranking of charter-school laws that ranks Minnesota first among the 39 states that allow charter schools. Washington, D.C., placed second, in part for the autonomy and equal funding it gives charters. "State legislation really sets the bar for the charter-school movement," said Nelson Smith, president and CEO of the alliance. "When states combine equitable resources, real autonomy and tough accountability, charter schools flourish and meet the high expectations of parents and policymakers."

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