Published: Oct 03, 2013 8:08 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Enrollment in the Miami-Dade school system is up - thanks to an increase in the number of students attending charter schools.
    
The Miami Herald (hrld.us/1dWSBYf ) reports district-wide enrollment is up this year in the state's largest school system, to almost 350,000 students. But figures show enrollment in traditional schools is actually down. The bump is coming from the more than 4,600 students who've enrolled in charter schools.
    
The district says some 52,000 Miami-Dade students now attend the 128 charter schools. Charter schools receive taxpayer dollars per student, just like public schools. The schools are run by independent governing boards.
    
The Herald reports charter enrollment has increased annually in Miami-Dade, which ranked sixth in U.S. districts for student enrollment during the 2011-12 school year. That's the last time numbers were complied.
   
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