Charter Schools Gain Momentum in NYC and Beyond

According to a recent report, charter schools are growing more and more popular. Over the last two years, the number of students in these schools increased by nearly 13%. This data comes from the nonprofit advocacy group National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Charter schools are educational institutes that are publicly financed but privately operated. According to the NAPCS, many cities’ charter schools have begun enrolling a large percentage of public school students.

In New York City, more than 48,000 public school students attended charter schools in 2012. This is an increase of 24% since last year. Victory Schools, a consulting company that provides management and support for charter schools, aims to greatly improve the level of education and performance at schools in the area.

Meanwhile, the biggest increase in charter school enrollments was in New Orleans. Many of the city’s schools were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. As a result, more than 70% of students in the area attend charter schools.

Additional cities with more than 30% of public school students in charter schools include Detroit, Washington D.C., St. Louis and many others.

National Alliance chief executive Nina Rees said: “To the extent families are in need of other options, growth does indicate there is something missing in the public school system.”