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Report: Public Charter School Enrollment Growing
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 07, 2012, 05:51 AM   

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently released a report on the growth of the public charter school movement nationwide. The data shows a state-by-state breakdown of public charter school enrollment and growth, as well as aggregate statistics of charter schools nationwide.

The report revealed that several urban areas have seen spiked enrollment in recent years. New Orleans, Louisiana holds a huge market share of total enrollment, with 76% of students attending public charter schools. It is not surprising that this city, with a dropout rate of almost 50% a few years ago, turned to charter schools for effective options.

Washington, D.C. and Detroit, Michigan tied for second in holding the largest market share of charter school students. These two cities have seen unprecedented growth in charter schools due to new legislation and a renewed zeal for desperately needed change.

While states like California and Texas are known for innovative and effective approaches to education, their charter school percentage is dwarfed by the larger student populations.

Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, and Ohio also reported much growth in charter schools, partially due to competition within charter school management organizations. Growth in smaller cities was more likely, than growth in large cities like New York or Chicago, due to the variation in number of students.

While charter schools are no silver bullet for education, they play a critical role in providing teachers, students, and parents with choices. With National School Choice Week coming up next month, it is important to know what charter schools represent –opportunities for a better education. Their growth nationwide indicates a changing tide of innovation and creativity in education.

What do you think about the growth of the charter school movement?
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Originally posted by Alix at AAE.

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