Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin at the DC Line: “Future enrollment growth depends on DC’s public middle and high schools gaining confidence of millennial families”

September 18, 2018
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On September 18, 2018, Chelsea Coffin – Director of the Education Policy Initiative – wrote an op-ed at the DC Line: “Future enrollment growth depends on DC’s public middle and high schools gaining confidence of millennial families”

There is every reason to expect DC’s public school enrollment to increase in the coming years. In DC, the childbirth count is up by 1,000 per year compared to 10 years ago. More families are staying in the city and choosing public schools for their children, especially in early grades. If these trends continue, we estimate in our new D.C. Policy Center study — “Will Children of Current Millennials Become Future Public School Students?: How D.C.’s Young Families May Shape Public School Enrollment” — that there could be 104,591 students in DC’s traditional public and public charter schools by the 2026-27 school year, an increase of 21,100 students over the figure in 2016-17, when pre-kindergarten-to-grade-12 enrollment was 83,491.

Read more at the DC Line.

Read the new D.C. Policy Center study “Will Children of Current Millennials Become Future Public School Students?: How D.C.’s Young Families May Shape Public School Enrollment”.

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