Thursday, May 10, 2007

Charters by the Number

Now more than ever the biggest school choice program in America.

Via Center for Education Reform:

The number of charter schools nationwide grew by 11 percent in 2006, serving a student body that is on average 53 percent minority and 54 percent low-income, according to the 2007 Annual Survey of America's Charter Schools, released today by the Center for Education Reform (CER).

For more than a decade, charter schools have experienced double-digit annual growth.
The survey also found that charter school popularity continues to grow among children most in need. In 2006, more than four in ten charter schools served a student body composed of fully 60 percent or more "at risk" and/or minority students.

Nationwide, there are a total of 3,940 charter schools operating this school year, an increase of 323 from last year, according to the survey. A total of 1,156,874 students are enrolled in charter schools in the United States this school year, up 7.4 percent from last year's 1,076,964.

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