National Charter School Facts

First Charter School Opened 1992

44 States

D.C., Guam, and P.R. Have Charter Laws

3.2 Million

Students Attend Charter Schools

7,000

Charter Schools Nationwide

$400 Million

in Federal CSP Funds for Charter Schools

219,000

Charter School Teachers

Charter Student Enrollment & Number of Charter Schools

By Year
Charter Student Enrollment
FRPL Eligibility, 2014-15
Charter Schools
By Locale, 2015-16
Charter Student Enrollment
By Race/Ethnicity, 2015-16
Top 10 States
By Charter Student Enrollment, 2016-17
Rank State Charter Law Schools Students
1. California 1992 1,258 602,839
2. Texas 1995 750 307,716
3. Florida 1996 657 283,195
4. Arizona 1994 557 185,986
5. Michigan 1993 308 145,282
6. Pennsylvania 1997 183 133,753
7. New York 1998 269 128,743
8. Ohio 1997 365 117,075
9. Colorado 1993 238 115,096
10. North Carolina 1996 170 92,524
Top 10 Authorizers
By Charter Student Enrollment, 2016-17
Rank Authorizer Students
1.Texas Education Agency268,258
2.Arizona State Board for Charter Schools176,234
3.Los Angeles Unified School District156,537
4.North Carolina Department of Education92,281
5.Utah State Charter School Board68,705
6.Philadelphia School District63,261
7.State University of New York Charter Schools Institute62,948
8.Miami Dade County Public Schools-Charter School Operations62,924
9.Chicago Public Schools57,015
10.Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education53,640

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