Enrollment at traditional public schools in the city declined over the last 10 years as students flocked to charter schools, new data revealed Tuesday.
Nearly 59,000 students attended publicly funded, privately run charters in the 2012-13 school year, compared with a paltry 2,400 in 2002-03, according to an analysis by the Independent Budget Office.
That’s an increase of 2,328%.
Meanwhile during that same period, enrollment at traditional public schools dropped from more than 1 million students to 980,000.
James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, said 70,000 kids are enrolled in charters in the 2013-14 school year.
That’s a decrease of 6.2%.
The analysis included the roughly 1.3 million students attending kindergarten through the 12th grade in the city.