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WASHINGTON—Oklahoma’s charter school law ranks ninth from the bottom of a national list comparing school laws in 43 states.

Oklahoma come in at number 34 of states with approved charter school laws, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Each state receives a score on its law’s strength based on 20 essential components, including quality and accountability, equitable access to funding and facilities and limited caps on charter school growth.

Officials say the Sooner State needs to work on the requirements for charter application, funding and expanding the law to allow charters in all 521 districts in the state.

Currently, Oklahoma only allows charter schools in 21 districts.

Minnesota’s law ranked first and Mississippi’s came in last.