Charter School enrollment increased 350 percent

Florida - December 10, 2013 - A new report released by National Alliance for Public Charter Schools highlights the growth of public charter school enrollment across the nation. The Market Share Report findings indicate that over the past eight years, the number of school districts with at least 20 percent of students attending a public charter school has increased 350 percent. The eighth annual report provides details about the school districts that have the largest percentage of students in charter schools – including some in Florida.

“The growth in enrollment is proof that public charter school programs are meeting the needs of families nationwide. For more than sixteen years, public charter schools have been a vital component of Florida’s public K-12 system. We are contributing to student academic success, to the state’s graduation rate, and are giving parents a quality public school option,” said Robert Haag, President, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools – the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy organization.

Overall charter school enrollment increased by approximately 225,000 students during the 2012-2013 school year and there are now more than 2.3 million students attending these independently run, innovative public schools. Today, one in every 20 public school children in America attends a charter school. In Florida, there are 578 charter schools in 46 school districts serving more than 203,000 students (2012-2013).

Key FLORIDA findings from the Market Share report: • Duval and Hillsborough County were among the five school districts in the country with the largest growth in charter school enrollment. • Four school districts have been in the top 10 for growth two years in a row: Hillsborough County, Fla.; Los Angeles, Boston; and New York City. • Miami Dade County is among 10 school districts nationwide with the highest number of public charter school students: charter enrollment 2012-13 is 47,573 (13% market share).

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