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Rhode Island had 11% increase charter school applications

September 4, 2019

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has seen an 11% increase in the number of students applying to charter schools, with only enough spots for about 1,800 this school year.

WPRI-TV reports that more than 10,300 students applied for the spring lottery, compared to more than 9,200 students who applied last year for just over 1,700 open slots.

Students often apply to multiple schools, so there were about 20,000 total applications.

Critics say charters take funds from traditional public schools and increase education costs.

Supporters cite better student performance and smaller class sizes.

Rhode Island has 25 charters with more than 30 locations across the state. About 9,000 students are enrolled.

The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools says five more have sought licenses and could be running in the next couple of years.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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