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DCPS Chancellor Talks Enrollment

Henderson: 1 percent drop not an indication of failure

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Traditional public schools saw a decrease in enrollment this year compared to charter schools, which saw an 8 percent increase. The DCPS enrollment decrease translates into approximately 400 fewer students -- a 1 percent decrease. 

When D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson took her office over the summer, she told WAMU one way she would measure her success was student enrollment. But Henderson said this week the 1 percent enrollment decrease DCPS has seen doesn't mean that she has not been successful. 

"Do I think that means parents don't like the job that I'm doing?" she says, laughing. "No. I'm not an accountant, but I feel this is an acceptable margin or error."

The largest gains in enrollment for both traditional public schools and charters in D.C. were in pre-kindergarten and the early grades. Overall, total enrollment in the D.C. public school system increased by 2 percent.

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