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600 new charter schools opened last year with 288,000 students

National Alliance for Public Charter SchoolsCharter schools continue to gain in popularity.Last year, 600 new charters opened with an estimated 288,000 students, according to the National Alliance for  Public Charter Schools.

There are now more than 2.5 million students attending nearly 6,500 schools, according to an email announcement from the group.   Over the past 10 years, charter school enrollment has risen by 225 percent and the number of new schools has risen by 118 percent. int he past decade, officials noted.

“Parents are increasingly voting with their feet,” stated  Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance. “This is the largest increase in the number of students attending charter schools we’ve seen since tracking enrollment growth. ”

She added, “It’s no surprise to see this trend when you look at the data: independent research has shown time and again that charter school students perform better academically than their traditional school peers. Families are catching on and these enrollment figures reflect that.”

But at the same time, about 200 charters closed because  low enrollment, financial problems, and low academic performance.  Despite that,  charter schools grew by 7 percent over the 2012-2013 school year.

The group said they don’t want to just grow numbers, but create high quality new schools.

“These closures reflect that and we will continue to advocate for strong accountability measures to ensure that only high-quality schools are allowed to serve our nation’s students,”  Rees said.

The report also details the number of students and schools by state. California, Arizona, and Florida led the country with the largest number of new charter schools, each opening more than 75 schools. California and Arizona also led with the greatest number of additional students and were joined by Texas for a combined enrollment of 120,000 new students.

Click here to view the report, including the details for each state.

Source: The Gazette by Carol McGraw

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