CPS has lost nearly 11,000 students since last fall

Oct 22, 2016 by

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Chicago Public Schools has lost nearly 11,000 students since last fall, with enrollment dropping to 381,349 students.

That may be the largest single-year enrollment decline the district ever has undergone. It is certainly the steepest so far this century.

Most of the losses came from district elementary schools and the CPS preschool program, but charter schools lost enrollment, too.

Students in district-run schools for kindergarten through grade 12 now account for 295,138 students, compared to 303,148 a year ago.

Those same grades account for 63,405 students in charter, alternative and options schools for kids at risk of dropping out.

CPS did not account for the large drops but did dole out $12.8 million to 116 schools whose enrollment had plummeted so precipitously they struggled to provide a complete roster of classes without the help.

Nor would the district say where the students ended up

Source: CPS has lost nearly 11,000 students since last fall | Chicago Sun-Times

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