Who is attending public charter schools, and how did they choose their schools?

Public charter schools provide parents with an additional free and high quality option for their children’s education. Parents choose public charter schools, not the other way around. And no one is assigned to public charter schools. Public charter schools are free and open to all students and the schools are not allowed to hand-pick or discriminate against students for any reason. If a school does not have room for all of the students who want to attend, students are admitted by a random, public lottery.

Washington’s public charter schools are helping to close the education equity gap. More than two-thirds of students in public charter schools are from low-income families and more than 70 percent are students of color. Mid-year testing results show rapid gains for students across multiple schools in both reading and math and that many students previously performing behind national averages are now on track to meet grade-level standards.

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