Last week, we released the 10th annual student enrollment share report, A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, which identifies communities with the highest enrollment share and largest number of students attending charter public schools.
Kansas City ranked fifth among the districts with the highest enrollment share on this year’s report—reaching the 40 percent mark for the first time. In fact, the enrollment share in Kansas City has doubled in just ten years.
Like many urban districts, Kansas City, Missouri has been experiencing a decline in its public school enrollment over the last decade. However, the decline is slowing. The number of students attending charter schools increased from about 6,500 students in 2005-06 to nearly 10,000 students in 2014-15. The declining overall enrollment led to a doubling of Kansas City’s charter school enrollment share over the past decade—from 20 percent to 41 percent.
Please check out the full A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities report to learn more about the growth of charter schools in communities throughout the country.