A national report released yesterday confirms that charter public school enrollment continues to grow in cities across the country - particularly in Michigan.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its seventh annual report on Wednesday, looking at 2011-2012 school year enrollment figures for cities across the country. Overall, the report revealed that more than 100 school districts nationwide have more than 10 percent of students enrolled in charter schools.
Among other findings, the report shows that Detroit now ranks No. 2 nationally when it comes to the percentage of students enrolled in charter schools (up from No. 3 last year). A full 41 percent of school-age students in Detroit attend a charter school, up from 37 percent last year. No. 1 nationally is New Orleans, with an overwhelming 76 percent of its students enrolled in charter schools.
Five Michigan cities now rank in the top 20 nationally, according to the report:
Approximately 7 percent of Michigan students attend charter public schools - with just over 120,000 students enrolled in 276 charter schools in the state.