Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Ohio charter-school enrollment rises 32%

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — More than 22,000 Ohio schoolchildren are attending charter schools this year, an increase of 32 percent over last year, the state said.

        Ohio has 92 charter schools with a total enrollment of 22,730, the Department of Education said. The figures are from official enrollment numbers in September. The amount of money the state estimates it will pay those districts was not available Tuesday.

        Last year, there were 70 charter schools, called community schools in Ohio, with about 17,000 students. The state provided about $93 million in aid.

        There were 49 community schools in Ohio in 1999 with 9,724 students. The state provided $53.5 million in assistance.

        Ohio is in its fourth year of charter schools, created by state law in 1997. The publicly funded, privately run schools are free from some state regulations. They receive basic per-pupil aid but no money for buildings.


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