Six Districts with Charter Schools Enrolling 30% of Students

A new report issued by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reflects growing interest and demand for public charter schools, with a record number six of school districts having at least 30 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools, writes the PR Newswire.

The annual report released Monday by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) entitled A Growing Movement: American’s Largest Charter School Communities. It is the sixth one of its kind, but this is the first year to announce that 18 school districts have more than 20 percent of their public school students enrolled in charter schools.

“This report demonstrates that in areas where families have a choice, a growing number of them are choosing public charter schools over the traditional public schools available to them,” said Ursula Wright, interim president and CEO of the NAPCS.

“The public education landscape is shifting in many major cities.”

Exceptional findings from the report include:

Six school districts now have more than 30 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools:  New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Kansas City (Missouri), Flint, and Gary.  And 18 school districts have more than 20 percent of their public school students enrolled in charter schools.

An astounding 70 percent of public school students in New Orleans attended public charter schools in the 2010-2011 school year. Charter schools are achieving great successes there being the highest performing sector of public schools in the city.

The report shows that Los Angeles again tops the list of districts with the highest number of public charter school students enrolled with 79,385 students.

The number of students enrolled in public charter schools in Los Angeles, alone, would place the city’s charter schools in the top 45 of the 100 largest school districts in the United States.

Nearly 100 school districts now have at least 10 percent of public school students in charter schools.

“We estimate that there are now more than 2 million students in public charter schools across the country,” said Wright.

“And with hundreds of thousands more students across the country hoping for an additional seat in a charter school, we expect our share of the public school landscape to continue to rise in the coming years.”

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.