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L.A. Now Live: Charters pulling students from private schools

August 28, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times education reporter Howard Blume will join L.A. Now Live to discuss the student shift from private schools to public charters and the impact the switch has on taxpayers and the already-strained public education system.

The chat, scheduled at 9 a.m., will be hosted by The Times' Rebecca Trounson. Blume reported Tuesday:

Charter schools are pulling in so many onetime private school students that they are placing an ever-greater burden on taxpayers, who must fund an already strained public education system, according to research released Tuesday.

The study by a Rand Corp. economist found that more than 190,000 students nationwide had left a private school for a charter by the end of the 2008 school year, the most recent year for which data was available.

And charter schools have exploded in number since that time. The Los Angeles Unified School District has more charters, 193, than any system in the country.

This student migration is especially apparent in large urban areas, where charters are drawing 32% of their elementary grade enrollment from private schools, study author Richard Buddin said. The percentage for middle schools is 23%, and 15% for high schools

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