1.6 million students in charter schools

How many students are in charter schools across the country? 1.6 million, according to the National Association of Public Charter Schools.

Here’s the recent trend: UP.

The following table gives more details.

Charter school enrollment

Year States Students % of all public school enrollment
1999-2000 30 349,642 0.7%
2000-2001 34 458,664 1.0%
2001-2002 34 580,029 1.2%
2002-2003 36 666,038 1.4%
2003-2004 38 789,479 1.6%
2004-2005 40 897,643 1.8%
2005-2006 40 1,021,251 2.1%
2006-2007 40 1,163,414 2.4%
2007-2008 40 1,290,058 2.6%
2008-2009 40 1,439,749 2.9%
2009-2010 39 1,603,484 Not yet available

Now a few observations:

  • The first charter school in the country opened in 1992.
  • In the four school years between (and including) 1999-2000 and 2002-2003, the number of charter school students had nearly doubled.
  • Charter schools far outstrip tax credits or vouchers as the most common form of school choice.
  • Which state stopped having a charter school law in the 2009-2010 school year? Mississippi, which had regularly scored last or almost last in rankings of charter school laws.
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