The charter school movement has continued to grow in California, with more schools cropping up throughout the state, according to a report Tuesday from the California Charter Schools Association.

This fall, 100 new charters opened, bringing their total to 982, nearly three times as many as there were a decade ago, the association said. Charter schools are publicly funded and tuition-free, but they are run independently of school districts -- mostly, by nonprofit organizations.

About 412,000 California children attend a charter school this year, 48,000 more than did last year. Nearly 7 percent of all the state's public schoolchildren attend one. In Oakland, home to more than 30 charter schools, the rate is more than twice as high.

To view the enrollment figures, visit the association's website at www.calcharters.org.



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