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Charter Schools Can't Keep Up With Large Waiting Lists

Charter Schools Can't Keep Up With Large Waiting Lists

Charter schools are in high demand by parents who hope to give their children the best education possible. In fact, public charter schools have demonstrated the ability to improve students' chances for success. 

So says the National Alliance for Public Charter School's (NAPCS) Web site, reported Education News. Charter schools have very long waiting lists, and they are finding it impossible to keep up.

"The quality of education and a student's overall performance at a charter school is better than a traditional public school, studies show -- and this is especially true for low-income families, immigrant families, and minority students," said the article.

The number of students applying to charter schools is 123,304 higher than last year's number, which was 920,007. This is a growth rate of 13 percent, according to NAPCS. The current waiting list estimate has also risen 186 percent since 2008-09.

States such as NY and CA have also seen an increase, with more than 150,000 student applications, and 580,000 students are waiting to get into charter schools across the country. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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