When offered a choice, Palm Beach County parents are increasingly opting to place their children in charter schools to obtain a public education.
The school district's 11-day enrollment count shows district-run schools lost more than 1,000 students this year – mostly at the middle school level --while charters gained 4,171 students.
Part of the boost in charters can be attributed to the opening of 11 new schools, bringing the county's total to 50.
Charter schools are public schools that are privately managed and receive tax dollars based on student enrollment."Parents have more choices and they're making those choices," said School Board Chairman Chuck Shaw.