A Growing Movement: NAPCS Report shows 70% growth in 5 years
According to A Growing Movement, a report released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools [December 2014], charter schools are the fastest-growing school choice option in the U.S. public education system. Over the past five years, student enrollment in public charter schools has grown by 70 percent. In 42 states and the District of Columbia, approximately 2.7 million students now attend public charter schools - more than 5% of the total number enrolled in public schools.
Several school districts in Florida were mentioned in the report. Broward and Miami Dade are among the 10 districts with the largest number of students in public charter schools, and Duval is one of five school districts with the highest percentage growth in public charter school students for two consecutive years. Broward and Miami-Dade both have about 15 percent of public school students enrolled in charters (2013-2014 school year), Palm Beach has 9%, Duval has 7%, and Orange County came in at 5%.
"The growth of charter school enrollment in Florida is a testament to a strong parental choice movement, support from legislators, and the availability of high quality charter school programs that address the needs of students," said Robert Haag, President, FCPCS.
Since 1996, the number of public charter schools in Florida has grown to over 620 in 2013-14. Charter school student enrollment now tops 230,000 students. # # #