By Benita M. Dodd
Twenty-five years ago this month, City Academy High School opened in Saint Paul, Minn., the first charter school in the nation after Minnesota’s state law authorized the opening of eight “results-oriented, student-centered public schools.” As it celebrates its silver anniversary, City Academy can take credit for inspiring 165 charter schools
with nearly 54,000 students in Minnesota today.
But wait, there’s more!
By the 2016-17 school year, there were more than 6,900 charter schools
operating across the nation, with more than 3.1 million students, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. That’s 6 percent of the nation’s student population.
Georgia’s 1994 charter law allowed traditional public schools to convert to charter schools and the first