Louisiana has the nation’s third best laws governing charter schools, according to a report issued Tuesday by a group that backs the schools.
The rating is up from sixth last year and 13th the year before.
The annual rankings were released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which calls itself the leading advocacy organization for charter schools.
Charter schools are public schools run by non-governmental boards.
Backers say they offer innovative classrooms minus the red tape common in traditional public schools.
Opponents call them a drain on state aid for public schools and argue that they have failed to deliver on promises of top-flight academic centers.
Nearly 59,000 students attend charter schools in Louisiana, according to the report.