By Lauren Ollis, The Next Wires The rise of the charter school movement is in large part due to the rise of online learning.
According to a recent report from The New America Foundation, there were more than 1,400 charter schools operating in 2015.
Of those, about 1,600 operated in the U.S. In 2016, there was an increase of about 8% in charter schools’ enrolment in the top 10 states, according to data from the American Association of Colleges of Education.
But there are still far fewer students enrolled in charter school schools than traditional public schools.
In the past year, a total of about 1.6 million students enrolled at charter schools.
This figure includes nearly half of the students enrolled statewide.
A small but growing segment of students, however, are being excluded from the school-choice program, which allows parents and students to choose schools of their choice.
These students, who are also referred to as voucher students, are not eligible for the program.
A majority of students who are not enrolled in a traditional public school also do not receive a voucher.
And while the number of charter schools has grown by about 50% since 2015, the number who receive a portion of the voucher program has dropped to just a third of traditional public high schools.
These trends have some charter school advocates worried.
“This is the most significant thing that has happened to public education in America since the Great Depression,” said Brian Wigdor, president of the American Charter Schools Association.
The charter school advocacy group recently announced it would be filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration and the Education Department, arguing that they are undermining the charter schools program by failing to give the public adequate information about the status of charters.
In a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the ACHA argued that the Education and Justice Departments lack “a compelling interest in protecting the integrity of the education system” and that they have failed to address the problems facing the charter program.
“They are undermining this important public education initiative, which has been critical to the success of the public school system in the United States,” Wigdors letter states.
“If you have any sense of the extent of this damage to our public education system, you would understand that the charter system has been a critical piece of the solution.”
ACHA is not the only charter school group with concerns about the Obama Administration’s actions.
The National Association of Charter Schools, a trade group for charter school leaders, said in a statement that “the Obama administration has not done enough to ensure that charters are in the best interest of our students.”
The National Conference of State Legislatures also released a statement calling on the Education Secretary to “ensure that the U,S.
Department of Education does everything in its power to address charter school enrollment problems.”
And the Association of Public Charter Schools called on DeVos to “immediately cease any efforts to weaken charter schools and to restore the charter status of traditional schools that are currently in limbo.”
This is not just a problem for the American charter school industry.
For the past decade, charter schools have become a key component in the nation’s education system.
About 20% of the nation is now in charter systems.
According the AASP, about 8 million students attend charter schools nationwide.
As the American Institute of Education points out, the nation has one of the highest rates of charachers in the world, with nearly half the nation in the program and a high percentage of the population living in charter communities.
But many charter schools are in desperate need of expansion.
While enrollment is increasing, there are concerns about quality.
A 2013 report by the Institute for Education Sciences found that charter schools had a higher rate of dropout rates than traditional schools, a high proportion of students attending charter schools were from poor families, and students from low-income families were more likely to drop out of the program than students attending traditional public and charter schools combined.
Some of these challenges are being compounded by the Obama Administrations policies.
According To the Center for American Progress, in the years following the Great Recession, “the government took a more active role in helping schools to make sure they could pay their bills and maintain staff.
And, while states have made progress, the Obama Adminisis policies have made it more difficult for schools to stay open.”
This led to an increase in charter enrollment, with the number in the private sector increasing from 9% in 2009 to 27% in 2015, according To Education Week.
But this has also made it harder for traditional public institutions to stay afloat.
A 2015 report by The New York Times found that charter schools had fallen behind traditional public education.
“With fewer charter schools, public schools can charge more for books, uniforms, equipment, and staff, as well as for materials and supplies,” the Times wrote.
“But with fewer charters, schools often struggle to provide teachers with adequate training and supplies, and have fewer resources to provide special education services, including for the most vulnerable students.”
These concerns have