After Hurricane Ike, Galveston became a laboratory for those who are interested in charter schools. Across the state, 3 percent of the students in public schools are in charter schools. In Galveston, that number exceeds 10 percent.
If the Legislature removed the cap on the number of charters the state will grant, the percentage of students in charter schools in Galveston would be even higher. At the two independent charter schools on the island Odyssey Academy and Ambassadors Preparatory Academy the waiting lists of children hoping to attend are long. The lists of those waiting are about as long as the lists of those enrolled.
The two independent charter schools have had spectacular results academically.