Marks First Time More Than 100 School Districts Reach Milestone
Washington, D.C. — For the first time ever, more than 100 school districts have 10 percent of their students enrolled in public charter schools, according to a report released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), titled A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities. Nationwide, charter school enrollment increased by 200,000 students in 2011-12, with more than two million students now enrolled in these independently run, innovative public schools that foster partnerships between parents, teachers and students.
According to the report, 110 school districts now have at least 10 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools, a record high and an increase of nearly 15 percent over the previous year. In addition, 25 school districts have more than 20 percent of their public school students enrolled in charter schools. Seven districts enroll at least 30 percent of their public school students in charter schools.
“Whether in cities, towns, or rural communities, parents and teachers are collaborating to offer innovative options in the public school system to meet students’ needs,” said Nina S. Rees, the president and CEO of the NAPCS. “The increase in public charter school enrollment in all types of communities across America shows that parent demand for school options continues to grow. These numbers will continue to rise as teachers and parents work together to provide high-quality options in communities across America.”