Wisconsin’s waitlist numbers are no different than the national average. So this fall when the Legislature who has promised to move forward with a Bill housing the provisions from the Governor’s Budget Bill (Assembly Bill 40) which were pulled from the Joint Committee on
Finance at the last hour; it is up to ALL OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL STAKEHOLDERS to
come forward in support of this new Bill. As the press release states, parents have the opportunity to vote with their feet by choosing a public school option of a public charter school. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO ATTEND A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL AND THEY ARE ON A WAITING LIST, OR IF A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL IS NOT YET AVAILABLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!!!!
It is up to each and every ONE of the SUPPORTERS of this movement to STEP UP and MAKE YOUR VOICES KNOWN. Do not rely on the few of us who advocate on your behalf,
JOIN US THIS FALL!!
Your partner in advancing a strong public educational system in Wisconsin,
Thursday, June 27, 2013
National Charter School Waitlist Numbers Approach One Million
Washington, D.C. –
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) today released the results of a new survey estimating that public charter school waitlists across the nation approached one million names during the 2012-13 school year, up from 610,000 in 2011-12. The increased demand to attend a charter school now brings the waitlist figures to an estimated 920,007
“With public charter school waitlists approaching one million names, it’s heartbreaking for too many families hoping to send their child to a high-quality public charter school,” said Nina Rees, NAPCS president and CEO. “Although the number of public charter schools is increasing rapidly – this year an additional 275,000 students enrolled in charter schools – this survey demonstrates that parental demand continues to outpace what is an already
The survey also found that more than two-thirds of public charter schools – 67 percent – across the nation reported having children on their waitlist, with an average waiting list of 214 students. And, the survey found that more mature charter schools had longer waiting lists. Schools open for six or more years have an average waiting list of 238 students, while younger charter schools averaged 178 students. A record 29 charter schools reported waitlists of 2,000 students or more for the 2012-13 school year.
Each school year, families who are faced with traditional public schools unable to meet their needs seek better options for their children by applying to public charter schools. Particularly in urban communities that have few, if any, high-quality public school options, the demand for charters can be significantly higher than there are seats available. As a result, families often apply to multiple charter schools hoping to increase their odds.
This year’s survey also includes an estimated calculation of the number of individual students on waitlists. This estimate shows that at a minimum, more than 520,000 total individual students – many of whom are on multiple charter school waitlists in the hopes of increasing the chance of getting into at least one – are on waitlists across the country.
“Even the most conservative estimate shows that parents of more than a half million students are attempting to vote with their feet to choose a public charter school that better meets their child’s needs,” added Rees. “With such demand, it is up to our elected officials to remove the facilities and funding barriers that exist to ensure that every child has the option to attend a high-quality public charter school.”
Conducted since the 2009-10 school year, the NAPCS survey defines a waiting list as the
number of applications minus the number of available seats. This survey is based on charter school waitlist data compiled from multiple data sources, including several state departments of education and state charter schools associations.
About the National Alliance
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.