An impressive roster of speakers will address the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 11th annual National Charter Schools Conference this week in Atlanta.
Today, the 4,000 attendees will hear from President Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak to the conference.
In a statement, Peter C. Groff, alliance president and CEO, said, “We gather in Atlanta, a significant location for civil rights accomplishments, and recognize that improving public education for all students is the most pressing civil rights issue today. Public charter schools are leading the charge and delivering new options to children who deserve access to high-quality, public schools.”
This year, 1.8 million students attended 5,277 public charter schools, an 11.8 percent growth over 2009-2010.
In Georgia, 122 charter public schools serve about 65,000 of the 1.66 million public school students in the state.
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools online dashboard:
–Sixty-three percent of public charter school students are non-white, compared with 42.7 percent non-white in traditional public schools.
–Roughly 55 percent of public charter schools are located in large cities compared with 25 percent of traditional public schools were located in large cities.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog