US children attending charter schools – publicly funded alternative schools run under contract – have more than quadrupled in 10 years, the Huffington Post reports. Their numbers have gone from 340,000 in 1999-2000 to more than 1.6 million in 2009-2010. Contrary to some perceptions, a majority of charter schools are urban (54.8% are in cities) and multicultural (the Hispanic percentage of the charter school population is increasing, from 19.6% in
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