Florida charter schools still growing fast
No shocker here, but Florida continues to be a national pace setter in charter school growth, according to the latest counts from the Center for Education Reform.
No other state added more charters this year than the Sunshine State (56). Florida ranks No. 3 nationally in the number of charter schools (483 this year, up from 427 last year and about 350 in 2007) and No. 2 in charter enrollment (150,199 this year, up from about 100,000 in 2007.) Nationally, there are 5,453 charter schools, up from about 1,600 a decade ago.
In Pinellas, the school board approved the applications for four more charter schools that were on its Tuesday agenda. (The next step is for the board to say yea or nay on the actual charters.) More stats and factoids about Florida charters in this St. Petersburg Times story from Monday.