Over a ten year period the number of children enrolled in charter schools rose by 1.7 million.

Charter schools now serve 6 percent of all public school students. Enrollment has grown sixfold in the past 15 years. During the 2015–16 school year, more than 400 new charter public schools opened, serving an estimated 250,000 additional students.[1] More than 6,800 charter public schools are now enrolling an estimated 2.9 million students throughout the country.

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