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Charter Schools

Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are run independently from the local school district. These schools are not required to follow many of the regulations imposed upon other public schools—such as hiring certified teachers. The charter school movement began to gain momentum in the early 1990s, when many states passed laws allowing for their creation. Since then, the number of charter schools and the number of students enrolled in charter schools has grown. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, from the school year 1999–2000 to 2011–2012, the total number of public charter schools increased from 1,500 to 5,700, and the number of students enrolled in public charter schools grew from .3 million to 2.1 million students.

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