25 Years of Charter Schools
"The first charter school law passed in Minnesota 25 years ago ... when it was first introduced, the lawmaker who introduced this was told that she had zero chance of passing the bill ... Since then, a lot has happened. We now have 43 states and Washington, D.C., that have passed charter school laws."
25 years ago, a group of public school teachers in Minnesota created the first Charter School in the U.S., and the concept was met with some resistance. Since then, charter schools have reported steady growth in student enrollment.
According to the report, A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement, today nearly 3-million students attend more than 6,800 charter schools in the United States -- triple the number of students who were enrolled just 10 years ago. With Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
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