The biggest jump for both charter and public schools happened in the early education levels -– a spike Mayor Vincent Gray credits to the city's push for universal pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
"What we have seen over the last three years certainly suggests that these investments are paying off," Gray says. "And we are getting young parents to move into the city, and young parents are staying in the city, and they clearly are keeping their kids in the public education programs."
According to the audited enrollment figures, DCPS increased by nearly 1,000 students; the charter school population bumped up by more than 1,500.
Lee Calhoun, a former associate of the D.C. businessman at the center of a wide-ranging investigation into D.C. corruption, is said to have made campaign contributions in the names of other people.