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This interesting story is on the KOMO website this morning: “Enrollment drop could cost WA schools $500 Million in state funding.”
The Seattle Times reports that between October 2019 and October 2020, 39,000 fewer students enrolled in public school, about a 3.5% drop.
The numbers weren’t distributed evenly across grades — the most pronounced losses were among younger students; the number of kindergarten students plummeted by 14%.
How much of that drop is people leaving the state, and how much is people pulling their kids out of public schools to go to private or religious schools? The article doesn’t say.
Those are pretty large decreases in public school attendance in one of the most reliably blue states in America. One thing you can count on, though, is the state and local governments not reducing the property taxes allocated to schools.Published in