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National Charter Schools Week 2014

To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, CER is highlighting charter school success stories from across the country.We will also be taking the celebration to Twitter and Facebook, sharing stories from schools, parents, and advocates on the ground, along with a litany of facts and figures, all showing how charter schools are helping students.

Once considered just a fad, charters now represent the fastest, most successful reform in public education today, with over 2.5 million students in over 6,500 charter schools across the nation.

DID YOU KNOW?… A Few Facts About Charter Schools

73% of Americans support charter schools

• The length of average charter school wait list is nearly 300 students

• Charter schools receive 36 percent less revenue on average per student than traditional public schools

61 percent of charter schools serve a student population where over 60 percent qualify for the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program

• The total number of charters has increased over the last decade at an average rate of 340 schools per year

• In 2012-13, there were 335 new charter campuses in states with “A” or “B” grade charter laws, compared to only 13 in states earning “D” or “F”


Check out these charter school success stories! The first one will appear here May 4, with a new story posted daily throughout the week!

Story #1: Friendship PCS
Story #2: Boys’ Latin Charter School
Story #3: Charter School Potential
Story #4: Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)
Story #5: CHAMPS Charter School of the Arts
Story #6: Charlotte Secondary School
Story #7: Great Hearts Academies


For more information on charter schools, see CER’s most recent charter school publications and the area of dedicated to choice & charter schools:

Choice & Charter Schools
Everything you need to know about charter schools! Get facts and information, as well as answers to questions like what states have charter school laws, what constitutes a strong charter school law, are charter schools working, and more.

2014 Charter School Law Rankings & Scorecard
The 15th edition of charter school laws across the states shows fewer than half of state charter school laws in the United States earn above-average grades.

2014 Survey of America’s Charter Schools
CER’s national overview of the day-to-day operations of charters reveals that charter schools are experiencing stronger parental demand than ever before, with the length of the average waiting list increasing from 233 in 2009 to 277 in 2012.

America’s Attitudes Towards Education Reform: Public Support for Accountability in Public Schools
Majorities of Americans support education policies that promote accountability, according to a nationwide survey released by The Center for Education Reform.

America’s Attitudes Towards Education Reform: Executive Summary
The American People Want Power and They Want Options. A plurality of Americans says that parents should have more power over their child’s education, including access to information and data about their child’s school.


Looking for a charter school near you? See CER’s Charter School directory.