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Austin's IDEA charter set to expand with 20 new schools

IDEA Public Schools in Austin announced a multi-million dollar expansion, involving the addition of 20 new charter schools on Monday.

IDEA Public Schools in Austin announced a multi-million dollar expansion, involving the addition of 20 new charter schools on Monday.

The public charter school system plans to serve a whopping 20,000 students by the year 2022. This giant project is expected to cost $16 million.

IDEA's leaders said the 20 new schools will co-exist on 10 brand new campuses. They are currently looking for the appropriate properties for these campus. The project was funded by Austin's KLE Foundation.

IDEA currently has six schools throughout Austin. The district leaders said they decided to expand after turning away nearly 3,000 students due to a lack of available seats.

They expect the coming years to get even more crowded with the booming growth in Austin. A current student said IDEA calls for no excuses and pushes its students to be diligent in their school work.

The demographic of the district is 91 percent Hispanic, five percent African American and 94 percent low-income.

Last month, the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report ranked all IDEA High Schools among the top-performing schools in the nation.

With current success, the district leaders said they hope to help even more students from low-income families receive a college education in the coming years.

For more information on IDEA Austin's plans for the next six years, go here.