More students leaving public schools for charters, data shows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban school districts from Los Angeles to Philadelphia are experiencing declining enrollment in traditional public schools as more parents enroll their children in charters, depleting millions in per-pupil funding from district budgets.

In states experiencing population growth, such as Arizona, charter schools help relieve overcrowding. But for districts that are struggling financially, the student flight is costly.

Below is a look at Department of Education data showing enrollment at some of the nation's largest districts by school type:

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NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 995,028. Charters: 38,614.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 983,624. Charters: 71,590.

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LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 589,332. Charters: 84,723.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 513,789. Charters: 152,006.

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CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 364,560. Charters: 40,024.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 338,699. Charters: 54,857.

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MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 346,842. Charters: 34,853.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 304,182. Charters: 52,051.

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CLARK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (includes Las Vegas)

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 309,749. Charters: 9,192.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 314,643. Charters: 18,672.

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BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (includes Fort Lauderdale)

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 232,978. Charters: 24,151.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 224,407. Charters: 38,939.

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HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 187,570. Charters: 16,675.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 193,458. Charters: 18,094.

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (includes Tampa)

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 188,318. Charters: 6,207.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 189,353. Charters: 14,086.

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ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 170,013. Charters: 5,995.

In 2013-14, traditional public school: 177,398. Charters: 9,694.

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HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 171,312. Charters: 8,289.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 177,009. Charters: 9,816.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 155,856. Charters: 40,291.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 133,703. Charters: 59,302.

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DETROIT CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 74,276. Charters: 32,568.

In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 47,896. Charters: 39,673.

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