More Florida students heading to charter schools

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As of Tuesday, when the school district finalized its official enrollment counts, 6,037 students were enrolled in charter schools, a 16.5 percent increase from last school year. Public schools had 95,662 students enrolled — about a 1 percent drop from last school year.

The increase isn’t unexpected for charter school supporters, especially considering their growing popularity in Florida and Pinellas County.

Charter schools, which are publicly funded schools run by private companies, are seen by political conservatives as viable alternatives to struggling public school systems and by parents in low-income communities as alternatives to underperforming neighborhood schools.

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