Durham is the state's only county with at least 10 percent of its students enrolled in charters, according to a recent report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Nationally, more than 100 districts have at least 10 percent of students enrolled in charters.
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina pointed to the report as evidence that parents are demanding "high quality educational options."
"We hope that our education leaders continue to increase the number of quality public charters, especially in rural areas and other parts of the state where there is great need for high quality schools," Parents for Educational Freedom's Darrell Allison said in a statement.
But this statistic is an example why Durham education and political leaders are resisting more charters there. They say charters drain money from traditional schools.