Charter schools add 49,000 students, now serve 8.4 percent of state students

With the addition of 104 schools and 49,174 students this fall, California’s charter schools grew 10 percent to serve 519,000 students, or 8.4 percent of the state’s 6.2 million K-12 students, the California Charter Schools Association announced Thursday. The Los Angeles region had the largest growth, with 45 new charters opening.
The 1,130 charter schools are the most in the nation. Despite the substantial growth in schools this year, the charter schools association said that 50,000 students statewide were on a wait list for a charter school. Last year, 29 charter schools closed.
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the association, predicted that the equalization of funding between school districts and charter schools under the state’s new school finance system, the Local Control Funding Formula, will spur further expansion of charter schools (see previous EdSource Today analysis of the impact).
“Over the next several years, I think we will continue to see significant additional momentum to what has already been a very robust growth picture for charter schools in California,” Wallace said in a statement.
EdSource’s trusted, in-depth reporting has never mattered more.

With the coronavirus affecting every aspect of California’s education, demand for EdSource’s reporting has increased tremendously.We can meet this demand, with help from readers like you.From now through December 31, NewsMatch will match your one-time gift or your new monthly donation for 12 months. Your contribution ensures that EdSource’s content continues to be available for free – without a paywall or ads. Make your donation today to DOUBLE your impact.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

scroll to top