Institute on Education Law and Policy

Setting the Stage for Informed, Objective Deliberation on School Choice

Bibliography--Charter Schools

(Updated 5/15/2007)

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Jeanne Allen et al., Charter School Laws Across the States: Ranking Scorecard 8th Edition (Ctr. for Educ. Reform, Jan. 2004), at

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