A new study has found that California leads the nation in charter school growth.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced Tuesday that California added 81 charters in the academic year that started last fall, pushing the state's total number of publicly funded autonomous schools to more than 1,000.
The study notes that 109 new charters opened in California in the fall, but 28 closed.
California has the highest number of charters in the nation, followed by Florida, Texas, New York and Michigan.
Nationally, 381 charters launched in the fall, enrolling 275,000 additional children. The number of charters across the country now tops 6,000. They enroll some 2.3 million students.
The alliance says charter schools are growing nationwide because parents are increasingly demanding quality education for their children.