Report: Number of students in New York schools lowest in nearly 30 years

October 10, 2018 07:35 AM

Something is happening in New York schools that has an impact on most parents and taxpayers in our region.

The number of students in classrooms is dropping to levels we have not seen in decades.

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According to the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank, most districts in our area saw at least a 10 to 15 percent dip in public school enrollment over the past 10 years.

News10NBC asked local school leaders about this trend. Each year they use Census records to gauge enrollment then they "right size" by making cuts or additions needed to adjust to class sizes.

School officials say do not see huge changes coming soon, such as districts on the verge of shutting down schools or closing buildings on campuses.

As for the historical perspective, they say if you go back to 2000-01, that is where a dramatic shift started to take place.

"I'm a boomer and that was the year my oldest graduated,” said Monroe County School Boards Association Executive Director Sherry Johnson. “He was part of a boomlet of people like us who are having our children so I think that's where you got most of that enrollment at that point and then from then on, I think you've seen some decline as our boomlet are having their own children and those children are going to school."

That generation may be moving out of state or simply not having as many kids as their parents.

As for reversing the trend, Johnson says staff will continue to focus on students to help get them what they need with the funding they have to succeed.


Brennan Somers

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