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Report: Charter school demand skyrockets in San Antonio

Charter schools demand is going up in San Antonio according to a report by Families Empowered (SBG Photo)

The demand for charter schools is skyrocketing.

That's according to a new report released today.

"We know that the educational landscape is changing,” said Leslie Price, spokesperson for San Antonio ISD. “There are so many options now for parents to look at to determine what's best for their child."

SAISD has seen the gradual shift over the past few years.

District administrators say enrollment dropped this school year by 1,800 students.

It's expected to go down by about 800 this coming school year.

"We believe the majority of those went on to charter schools,” said Price.

A new report by Families Empowered says nearly 40,000 families applied to three of San Antonio's charter school networks.

The report says together they manage 32 schools.

Charter school growth has led SAISD to make moves to try and stay competitive.

"We have a number of options that we continue to create and bring out to families to help them find the best fit," said Price.

We checked with the three charter school networks on the number of applications they received for last school year.

Greats Hearts got just under 3,500 applications.

Kipp Texas had a little bit more than 5,800.

Together that's just over 9,000 applications that were received.

We're still waiting to hear back from IDEA public schools on how many applications they received.

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