Calif. Sees Record Number of New Charter Schools

Thursday, October 25, 2012

California's charter schools continue to grow at a rapid clip with more new schools opening than ever before, an industry association said Wednesday.

The California Charter Schools Association said an unprecedented 109 charter schools opened throughout the state for the 2012-13 academic year, bringing the total number of charter schools to 1,065.

Enrollment in charters saw a 17 percent boost this fall, increasing by 70,000 students to 484,000.

"The general population in California is embracing charter schools at whole new levels," said Jed Wallace, president and chief executive of the association. "The public and parents are looking with greater urgency for choices."

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