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Policy Analysis | August 1, 2008

What are the number and enrollment figures for charter schools in the South?

Charter schools are publicly funded schools that have been provided waivers from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to similar school in exchange for some meeting specific accountability targets, laid out in the school's charter. The charter school movement traces its history to the late 1980s, with the first state charter legislation passed (by Minnesota) in 1991. Currently, 40 states and the District of Columbia have the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have signed into law charter school legislation. A total of 1,122,367 students are enrolled in 3,909 school across the country.

State
Year Law Passed Number of Charter Schools Number of Students Enrolled
Alabama
none 0 0
Arkansas
1995 27 4,300
Florida
1996 356 98,000
Georgia
1993 62 28,842
Kentucky
none 0 0
Lousiana
1995 42 19,098
Maryland
2003 23 5,000
Mississippi
1997 1 374
Missouri
1998 22 10,342
North Carolina
1996 93 27,364
Oklahoma
1999 15 4,649
South Carolina
1996 31 5,423
Tennessee
2002 12 2,600
Texas
1995 207 70,861
Virginia
1998 3 1,440
West Virginia
none 0 0

Source: U.S. Charter Schools, www.uscharterschools.org