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For the first time, more than 20 percent of all public school students in Minneapolis and St. Paul attend charter schools, according to a study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
That’s certainly not the highest percentage in the country — that title goes to New Orleans where about 70 percent of all public school students attend charter schools. In Detroit, that number is 51 percent and in Washington, D.C., it’s 43 percent.
The study shows that in the past year charter school enrollment grew in Minneapolis by 7 percent and by 10 percent in St. Paul. One in five students in the Twin Cities attend a charter school, according to the report.
Joe Nathan, executive director of the St. Paul-based Center for School Change, said the growth in the Twin Cities charter school enrollment can be credited to the expansion of successful schools like Harvest Prep and Hiawatha Academy and the addition of new schools.