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Oakland makes charter group’s “Top 10″ list

Only 15 cities in the country have a larger charter school “market share” than Oakland, according to a report released today from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

With 15 percent of the city’s 47,000 public school students enrolled in charters last year, Oakland tied for eighth place with St. Louis, Mo., Brighton, Colo. and Albany, NY. The report said charter school enrollment in Oakland increased by 8 percent between 2005-06 and 2006-07, while the number of kids in traditional public schools dwindled by 4 percent.

New Orleans was number one, at 57 percent. In Washington, D.C. and Dayton, Ohio, 27 percent of public school children attend the independently run institutions.

Here’s something else: Charters are expanding in a growing number of cities. In 2005-06, just 19 communities made the Top 10 list. The following year, using the same lower threshold (13 percent) the number jumped to 29.

Here’s the roster.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.