Selected readings on US charter schools
In 2011-2012, 7,310 students attended charters in the state’s largest district. Last year, enrollment was 9,293.
Camden’s charter schools enroll 22 percent of all public school students, an increase from 18 percent the previous year, according to the report.
The report emphasizes parents’ desire for “real educational opportunity,” according to the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, a group founded in 1999 that represents the state’s 87 charter schools.
“Of the more than 30,000 students enrolled in New Jersey charter schools, there are an additional 20,000 on waiting lists,” CEO Carlos Perez said in a statement. “Our state’s charter schools primarily serve our urban areas and in those districts, charters have closed the achievement gap and are now scoring close to the statewide average for all schools.”
Nationally, enrollment is charter schools has grown by 80 percent in five years, with more than 2.3 million students enrolled in schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Los Angeles has the most charter school students, with 120,000 attending charters last year, or 18 percent of all students, the study shows.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a nonprofit corporation supporting the charter school movement.
Source: Nj.com – by Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger