Palm Beach County had the 10th largest growth in the nation in the number of its students enrolling in charter schools this past school year, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said Tuesday.
But Palm Beach County is no anomaly; across the country, districts are watching charter schools gain ever stronger footholds. Charter school enrollment grew nationwide last year by about 225,000 students to reach about 2.3 million, according to the annual report.
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Highest growth in charter school students by school district, 2012-2013
School District/2012-2013 charter enrollment/growth in enrollment from previous year/charter market share in area
1. Hall County Schools, Ga./8,633/58%/32%
2. San Diego Unified School District, Calif./17,851/35%/14%
3. Duval County Public Schools, Fla./6,689/29%/5%
4. Newark Public Schools, N.J./9,293/27%/21%
5. Hillsborough County Public Schools, Fla./11,861/25%/6%
6. Clark County School District, Nev./11,237/24%/3%
7. Los Angeles Unified School District, Calif./120,958/23%/18%
8. Boston Public Schools, Mass./7,956/22%/13%
9. New York City Department of Education, N.Y./58,353/21%/6%
10. Denver Public Schools, Colo./11,793/19%/14%
10. Oakland Unified School District, Calif./10,118/19%/22%
10. Orange County Public Schools, Fla./7,711/19%/4%
10. Palm Beach County School District/12,020/19%/7%
Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools