Steep rise in CA charter schools

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) today announced the largest one-year growth of new charter schools in the nation, as 115 new schools opened their doors at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.

The total number of charter schools in California now stands at 912, the highest number of any state in the country. Of the 115 new charter schools, 86% are start-ups and 14% are conversions. Site-based schools continue to dominate, with 91 total new schools (79%), though independent study and combination charters are increasing every year.