Public school enrollment continues to decline 

Charter and private schools both saw enrollment increases.

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Public school enrollment in Minnesota has declined for a third consecutive year. (Unsplash)

Public school enrollment in Minnesota has declined for a third consecutive year, according to data released this week by the Department of Education.

MDE said enrollment dropped by about 2,427 students during the 2022-23 academic year, a roughly 0.3% decrease.

That’s nearly identical to last school year’s drop of 2,146 students but much smaller than the 17,000 students who left public schools in the 2020-21 school year.

In response to the data, MDE called for “stabilizing funding” for public schools, which is directly tied to student enrollment.

“Minnesota’s students deserve high-quality academic instruction and social-emotional supports,” said Commissioner Willie Jett. “Our public schools must be provided with the necessary resources to meet these needs.”

Democrats are proposing a bill that would raise education spending by more than $1 billion in the next biennium.

Charter and private schools both saw enrollment increases. Charter school enrollment increased by 1.9% and private school enrollment increased by 3.4%. Homeschooling, however, dropped by 5%.

 

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Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.