DAYTON, Ohio - More than half of New Orleans school children attended public charter schools in 2007-08, followed by 31 percent of children in Washington, D.C., and 28 percent in Dayton, according to the Dayton Daily News and a report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Three Michigan communities are named in the Alliance's latest "Top Ten" list, which ranks communities in terms of the percent of children attending public charter schools. Southfield tied Dayton at 28 percent, while charter schools in Pontiac and Detroit enrolled 25 and 22 percent of the student population in those areas, respectively, the report said.

Sixty-four communities now have at least 10 percent of their students enrolled in public charter schools, the Daily News reported. That includes Dearborn, Taylor and Saginaw, according to the report. The survey includes only communities with at least 10,000 students. 

SOURCES:
The Dayton Daily News, "Dayton 3rd in nation in public charter school enrollment," Nov. 2, 2008

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, "Top 10 Communities by Market Share," October 2008

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "Should Michigan lift the cap on charter public schools? Yes," Nov. 1, 2006

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