D.C. Schools Enrollment Highest In A Decade | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Schools Enrollment Highest In A Decade

Play associated audio

The number of students in D.C. Public Schools, both traditional and charter, is now its highest in a decade at 81,000  students, according to the latest estimates from District officials. But those numbers aren't the final word on enrollment.

The enrollment count is 5 percent higher than last year, school officials say. But they are comparing audited numbers from last year with unverified or unaudited numbers from this year. 

Last year the final audited numbers showed almost 1,500 fewer students than initially reported — with D.C.'s traditional public schools coming in at 1,000 fewer students than initially reported. 

This year, however, the school system anticipates little, if any, change between the two sets of numbers, says Marc Caposino, spokesperson for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE). 

The OSSE has implemented more rigorous training for the hundreds of staff involved in the count and is now starting to train them earlier than in the past, he says.

Since 2009, total audited enrollment has been steadily increasing after losing students for decades, Caposino says. The official audit is expected early next year.

NPR

100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism

Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.
NPR

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
WAMU 88.5

Senator's Legislation Would Strip NFL Of Nonprofit Status

The Redskins' refusal to change its name has prompted the legislation from U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
NPR

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.