Enrollment doubles in North Carolina charter schools

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – State records show that charter school enrollment in North Carolina has more than doubled in five years.

The Charlotte Observer reported that enrollment in North Carolina’s traditional public schools have declined since the state in 2011 removed the limit on the number of charter schools allowed.

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State records show that 168 charter schools had nearly 92,000 students in the first month of the current school year. That compares with about 45,000 students in the 100 charter schools the state allowed five years ago.

Seventy-five of the state’s 115 school districts reported fewer students this year than last year.

Charter schools gained more than 9,600 students in the past year. Public school enrollment dropped by about 3,400 students.



Charter schools are independent public schools that report to nonprofit boards.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer.

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