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|
|CO||10 (+ 1 campus)||2||153 (on 159 campuses)||66,760|
|DC||1 (+8 campuses)||4||57 (on 97 campuses)||27,595|
|IL||2 (+5 campuses)||2||39 (on 101 campuses)||36,750|
|LA||12||1||76 (on 78 campuses)||30,405|
|MO||6||1||33 (on 46 campuses)||19,783|
|NC||0||1||96 (on 97 campuses)||39,033|
|NJ||6||0||68 (on 72 campuses)||22,206|
|NV||3||0||26 (on 33 campuses)||11,827|
|TX||9 (+55 campuses)||4||216 (on 480 campuses)||115,478|
* 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.