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NYC charter schools see enrollment boom

Enrollment at traditional public schools in the city declined over the last 10 years as students flocked to charter schools, new data revealed Tuesday.

Nearly 59,000 students attended publicly funded, privately run charters in the 2012-13 school year, compared with a paltry 2,400 in 2002-03, according to an analysis by the Independent Budget Office.

That’s an increase of 2,328%.

Meanwhile during that same period, enrollment at traditional public schools dropped from more than 1 million students to 980,000.

Enrollment at traditional public schools in the city declined over the last 10 years as students flocked to charter schools, new data revealed Tuesday.

Nearly 59,000 students attended publicly funded, privately run charters in the 2012-13 school year, compared with a paltry 2,400 in 2002-03, according to an analysis by the Independent Budget Office.

That’s an increase of 2,328%.

Meanwhile during that same period, enrollment at traditional public schools dropped from more than 1 million students to 980,000.

That’s a decrease of 6.2%.

The analysis included the roughly 1.3 million students attending kindergarten through the 12th grade in the city.

“We’ve seen an incredible growth in charters,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center advocacy group.

 New York Daily News The makeup of city schools has changed considerably in the last decade.

“With the growth of charters, we’ve seen tremendous growth in the demand for them. You see that both in the number of enrolled and the wait lists.”

He added about 70,000 kids are enrolled in charters in the 2013-14 school year, and some 50,000 applications have been waitlisted.

Mona Davids of the New York City Parents Union said the numbers reflect an exodus from traditional public schools for the alternative model charters present.
A breakdown of public and private schools in NYC

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