Monday, September 08, 2008

DCPS enrollment drops a whopping 17%

Chancellor Rhee has been at the helm of DCPS for a year now, but the exodus of students from the District's public schools appears to continue unabated.
Dena Iverson, schools spokeswoman, said as of Tuesday only 42,964 students were registered to attend classes — 7,200 fewer than last year’s final count. That meant there were 17 percent fewer students in school last week than the last day of the 2007-2008 school year.

“We expect the number to increase as all of the students complete their registration,” Iverson said. The projected enrollment for the year remained at 46,260.

Total DCPS enrollment has collapsed in recent years, from 67,000 in 1998 to 55,000 in 2006 and 50,170 last year, as parents pulled their children from a failing public education system. The nearly 20,000-student drop-off corresponds neatly with soaring public charter school enrollment, which has climbed from 3,594 in 1998 to 10,651 in 2001 and more than 22,000 in 2007.

1 comment:

Ed Researcher said...

If you close schools, why would you be surprised to lose enrollment?

With six or so new charters this year, not to mention the converted ex-Catholic charters and expanding capacity at existing charters, why would this be a surprise?

If anything, it validates the decisions by the PCSB to increase the charter system's capacity.