Charter Schools Blossom in California: L.A. Has Nearly a Third of The Campuses Statewide
The California Charter Schools Association says we have more of the publicly funded, privately-run campuses than any other state.
The 2010-11 period was a banner year for the schools. The Association:
This school year, 100 new charter schools opened their doors across the state, while enrollment surged by more than 13%, from 364,024 students in 2010-11 to over 412,000 students. This growth brings the total number of charters in California to 982--the most of any state in the nation.
Nearly a third (30) of those new campuses are in L.A. county.
Seven out of every 100 students in the state now attends a charter school, the association says.
Jed Wallace, its president and CEO:
This unparalleled growth shows tremendous momentum for the charter movement, as it took place despite incredible budget challenges and during a year of unprecedented legislative attacks against charter schools.
Not all of the schools play fair, however. LA Weekly reported that a couple of L.A. campuses gave preferential treatment to the kids of "founding parents," a policy that was subsequently rescinded.
Next year: California charter schools' 20th anniversary.