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2005 Sees a Dramatic Increase in Charter Enrollment

Michael (Grade 12 / RiverBend Academy) Originally published May 2005

Ever since the movement started in 1992, the number of charter schools and the number of students attending them has been rising. Charter schools all over the country are becoming competition for regular public schools. Well, 2005 has seen the biggest increase in the 13 years since the start. In Minnesota, 17,441 students are currently enrolled in charter schools, with a 22 percent increase from last year. To give you an idea, St. Paul alone has 639 new students attending charter schools alone. With new schools opening in fall 2005 and even more approved and awaiting opening, charter schools are meeting the demand and welcome students with open doors.

Charter School Facts

  • Total charter enrollment statewide is 17,441.
  • 3,200 new enrolled students in 04-05 school year.
  • 55 percent of charter student are of color.
  • The first charter school in the nation was City Academy, in St. Paul, MN.

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