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Number of Public Charter Schools & Student, 2009-2010

National Alliance

With the start of the 2009-2010 academic year, over 400 new public charter schools will open their doors to students and more than 170,000 new students will be attending
public charter schools.

With the addition of the new charter schools and students, there are now approximately 4,900 public charter schools enrolling over 1.5 million students across the country.

States leading in charter school growth include:

• California: 98 new schools and more than 38,000 new students.
• Texas: 9 new schools, 55 additional campuses, and more than 14,000 new students.
• Florida: 48 new schools and approximately 13,000 new students.
• Arizona: 48 new schools and more than 5,000 new students.
• New York: 25 new schools and more than 8,500 new students.
• Ohio: 15 new schools and about 9,500 new students.
• Oregon: 14 new schools and approximately 3,000 new students.
• Georgia: 12 new schools and about 6,500 new students.
• Louisiana: 12 new schools and more than 4,500 new students.
• Pennsylvania: 11 new schools and about 8,500 new students.
• Colorado: 10 new schools, one additional campus, and almost 5,000 new students.
• Michigan: 10 new schools and about 3,500 new students.

In contrast, the sector experienced 109 school closures in the Spring of 2009. The highest number of closures occurred in California (22), Florida (21), Arizona (13), and Ohio (13).

State New Charters,
Fall 2009
Closed Charters,
Spring 2009
Charter Schools,
2009-10
Charter Students,
2009-10
 
AK 0 0 25 5,300
AR 4 1 30 5,237
AZ 48 13 482 95,853
CA 98 22 809 313,245
CO 10 (+ 1 campus) 2 153 (on 159 campuses) 66,760
CT 0 0 17 4,898
DC 1 (+8 campuses) 4 57 (on 97 campuses) 27,595
DE 0 0 18 9,141
FL 48 21 423 128,359
GA 12 4 110 62,167
HI 0 0 31 7,741
IA 0 0 8 928
ID 6 1 36 13,812
IL 2 (+5 campuses) 2 39 (on 101 campuses) 36,750
IN 4 0 54 19,253
KS 3 3 34 4,902
LA 12 1 76 (on 78 campuses) 30,405
MA 2 1 62 28,247
MD 3 1 36 12,249
MI 10 2 231 104,527
MN 5 3 155 36,404
MO 6 1 33 (on 46 campuses) 19,783
NC 0 1 96 (on 97 campuses) 39,033
NH 0 0 10 662
NJ 6 0 68 (on 72 campuses) 22,206
NM 5 1 71 13,293
NV 3 0 26 (on 33 campuses) 11,827
NY 25 0 144 42,204
OH 15 13 332 96,967
OK 2 0 18 5,984
OR 14 3 98 16,725
PA 11 2 138 78,437
RI 2 0 13 3,423
SC 4 1 39 11,142
TN 6 0 22 4,963
TX 9 (+55 campuses) 4 216 (on 480 campuses) 115,478
UT 7 1 72 32,253
VA 0 0 4 250
WI 4 1 224 38,005
WY 0 0 3 353
Total 456 109 4,912 1,566,763

* We contacted state departments of education, charter school associations, and charter school resource centers to obtain lists of charter schools that had closed during or after the 2008-2009 academic year and charter schools that plan to open in the fall of 2009. The numbers presented in this report are estimates. The 2009-2010 numbers will be updated when official fall enrollment membership counts are released by state departments of education.