12 percent of SUSD students in charter schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools just released its annual report, which includes a list of the districts in the country with the largest percentage of their students attending charter schools.

According to the list, Stockton UnifiedĀ is tied for 68th place nationally, with 12 percent of its students attending charter organizations, the largest of which in the area is Aspire Public Schools. The list well tell you SUSD is tied for 20th place from a percentage standpoint, but in fact 67 districts have 13 percent or more of their students attending charters.

New Orleans tops the list at 76 percent but really should be in its own category because the massiveness of its charter movement is largely attributable to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The California district with the highest percentage of its students enrolled in charters is Grossmont Union High School District in El Cajon (21 percent). Chula Vista Elementary and Oakland Unified have 18 percent of their students in charters.

Ten California districts have a higher percentage of their students in charters than SUSD. Fifteen percent of Los Angeles Unified students are enrolled in charters, and the raw number of students in L.A. is the highest in the country — 98,576. That’s more than double runner-up New York’s charter enrollment of 48,057.

Locally, 4,630 students who live in SUSD and might otherwise be attending traditional district schools are attending charters, according to the report. For more, click here.

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