California Charter Schools Grow to Over 1,000 on 20th Anniversary of Movement; Enrollment Surges by 70,000 Students

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October 26, 2012 The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) announced this week the number of new charter schools for the school year 2012-13. With 109 new charters statewide, the total of charter schools in California is now 1,065, the most of any state in the nation. At the same time, enrollment grew by an unprecedented 70,000 students, or 17% above last year. This means that California charters now serve over 484,000 students. This growth is significant for the movement for a variety of reasons, especially as we mark our 20th anniversary this year. This shows momentum and strength at a time when we continue to face numerous challenges, including funding and facilities inequity and authorizer overreach.

We also released the results of our recent statewide poll, which indicated an increase in awareness and support of charter schools.

Check out our Press release and Press Kit, which includes Fact Sheets on both the new charters and a per-county breakdown, as well as highlights of our polling results in English and Spanish.

For news coverage of our announcement, read our Charter News Round-Up Special on this item.