BOSTON (AP) — A review has found that the waiting list for charter schools in Massachusetts is not as long as it appears.

The state says there are more than 53,000 students on waiting lists statewide.

But The Boston Globe ( ) reports that the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education frequently counts the same students more than once if that student's name appears on more than one waiting list, or is on a waiting list for one school while enrolled at another.

Some schools keep names on waiting lists for years, without knowing whether that student is still interested.

Advocates say the list is evidence of the popularity of the schools and the need to add to the state's 81 charter schools.

Critics say demand for charter schools is based on exaggerated numbers.


Information from: The Boston Globe,