I get asked on occasion this question: Has the rise of charter schools hurt enrollment at Christian schools?
For those families who are seeking a Christian education, charter schools usually aren't an option because they are still under control of a school district and inherently secular. But for families who are seeking a "non-public-school option," charter schools are appealing for two huge reasons:
1. They are run much like private and Christian schools with all the perks that that brings.
2. They are free.
So, I answer the question with . . . .yes.
Relating to #1 above - check out what is happening in Los Angeles HERE. The public school district is converting 250 schools to charter schools so they can be saved and managed better. I can't even think of good analogy to describe how shocking that is . . . .maybe I'll add one later.