Texas charter school waitlist numbers remain fluid

By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New details show Texas' charter school waitlist numbers can fluctuate due in large part to varied reporting standards and duplications.

Lawmakers currently are debating the merits of expanding charter schools to accommodate students wanting to leave unsatisfactory traditional classrooms.

That's prompted advocates to repeatedly point to a Texas Charter Schools Association survey conducted last summer that showed nearly 102,000 students statewide were on waitlists for charters that didn't have space for them.

An updated survey conducted by The Associated Press late last month found about 8,000 fewer names. That's due in in part to some lists that are wiped clean and begun again in January. So they've only been building for four months this year.

Charter school operators say their waitlists continue growing and eventually could exceed last summer's totals.

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