According to Rachel Sadon of the DCist a new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute reveals that D.C. Public Schools have seen an increase in its population over the past fives years, after years of steady decline. The DCPCS charter school population is continuing to grow at faster rate and is close to catching up to DCPS.
Over the past ten years the public charter school student population has more than doubled with enrollment of 39,000 in 2016 alone. DC charter schools now account for 45 percent of D.C. students. Over the past five years, public charter school enrollment grew most in Wards 5 and 8, followed by Ward 4.
Both school systems saw gains over the past five years, however the charter sector more quickly at 32 percent in comparison to 6 percent for DCPS. Read more here.