Thursday, November 15, 2012

Student Enrollment in Charter Schools Continue to Rise

Little more than a week after voters in Georgia voted to greatly expand charter options in the state and voters in Washington voted to bring charter schools to the Evergreen State, our friends at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a new study showing even more great news for educational choice!

In the 2011-12 school year, the charter school enrollment grew 13 percent over the previous year, according to the report.  And a record number of school districts have at least 30 percent of students enrolled in public charter schools.  In New Orleans, 76 percent of students are in charter schools.  Paired with the statewide expansion of the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program and a new scholarship tax rebate program, the Pelican State continues to expand educational choice.

This trend toward educational choice can be seen across the nation.  Just consider this:

  • Voters overwhelmingly supported elected officials (both Republicans and Democrats) who support educational choice in state elections.  In fact, 83 percent of the candidates endorsed or supported by the American Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children Action Fund were elected.
  • Enrollment in private school choice programs is increasing.  More than 9,300 students are enrolled in the statewide voucher program in Indiana, more than twice the number of kids who participated last year—when it boasted the largest first-year enrollment ever for a voucher program. And in Florida, the state’s acclaimed scholarship tax credit program now gives almost 49,000 students the opportunity to attend the school of their family’s choice.  In addition, more than 610,000 students across the country are on waiting lists to attend charter schools.
- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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