Charter School Enrollment Soared In Pandemic, Parents Sought Alternatives

The pandemic prompted a seismic shift in education as parents moved their children to charter schools and kept them there even after public school reopened, a new report shows.

  • More than 240,000 students enrolled during the pandemic in charter schools, a 7% increase, while public schools lost approximately 1.5 million students, or nearly 3.5%, the report by the nonprofit National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said.
  • The gains held study even when public school reopened, the report noted.
  • “Our analysis clearly demonstrates that enrollment gains in charter schools have persisted while enrollment losses for district public schools have remained,” NAPCS representatives Drew Jacobs and Debbie Veney wrote. “… Charter schools are the only types of public schools that increased enrollment during the pandemic.”


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