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News: National Charter Schools Week

National Charter Schools Week

Tuesday, May 8, 2018  
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Every year, this special week gives us the chance to raise awareness about our amazing schools and showcase the academic successes of our students. This year (May 7-11), we're highlighting the teachers, leaders, elected officials, advocates, families, students, and alumni who make up the movement.

This is a great time to shine a light on key statistics. See below:

  • In 2017-18, there are more than 7,000 charter schools. (National Alliance, 2018)
  • Charter schools serve nearly 3.2 million students in 43 states and D.C. (National Alliance, 2018)
  • Charter schools serve 6 percent of the 50 million public school students in the U.S.
  • In 2015-16, 67 percent of charter school students identified as students of color, compared to 51 percent of district school students. (CCD)
  • In 2016-17, 60 percent of charter schools were independently managed and 26 percent were part of a non-profit charter management organization (CMO).
  • Students in urban charter schools gained an additional 40 days in math and 28 days in reading per year compared to their district school peers. Low-income Black and Hispanic students showed even more progress. (CREDO, 2015)
  • In 2017, 6 of the 10 best Colorado high schools were charters. (U.S. News, 2017)
  • According to a nationally representative survey, nearly 80 percent of parents want public school choice. (National Alliance, 2016)
  • There are more than 5 million additional students who would attend a public charter school if they had access. (PDK, 2017)
  •  47 percent of U.S. adults support public charter schools and 29 percent oppose them with the rest having no opinion. (EdNext, 2018)

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