Enrollment drop could hurt funding for New Mexico schools


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the Legislative Education Study Committee heard pleas Wednesday to keep up school funding, even if enrollment is dropping because of the pandemic.

School funding in New Mexico is determined by the number of students enrolled at the 40-day mark, known by some educators as the “money count.” That count is not yet complete, but preliminary numbers show a significant drop in the state’s largest school district.

Reductions in enrollment are being seen across districts as a significant number of parents put their children into homeschooling, delay enrollment, or struggle to connect with online programs.

In Albuquerque, enrollment has dropped by about 4,000 students, bringing the total to 76,000. School district spokesperson Monica Armenta cautioned that the 5% drop could change because enrollment numbers still are fluid.

Interim Superintendent Scott Elder

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“Thirty-nine percent of our students did not have access to broadband before all this started,” he added. “So, there could be some students who we haven’t totally resolved that for.”

Graham, in Radford, said his staff have been following up with families who haven’t been attending classes with the school division, which is currently rotating in groups of students for face-to-face instruction several days a week. About 15 students moved out of the district before the start of the school year, but another 30 or 40 are currently homeschooling, he added.

Both he and White said part of the enrollment loss was linked to families who didn’t feel comfortable sending their children back to campus. But Graham also said multiple students have transferred to private schools in the area, many of which chose to fully reopen their campuses.

“Some families want their children to be 100 percent in-person, and private

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West Michigan schools report influx in enrollment, impacting future school funding

Some West Michigan school districts reported losing more than 200 students this school year, while other schools said they gained a couple hundred.

Kalamazoo Public School leaders said preliminary numbers show 12,600 students are enrolled for the fall 2020, down 248 students from the 2019-2020 school year.

“In a year with so much uncertainty, I’m pleased that so many families continue to put their trust in Kalamazoo Public Schools,” Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said. “We cannot wait to see our nearly 13,000 students again in person.”

All Kalamazoo students are learning virtually at least until Nov. 24.

Portage Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang said the district has 8,644 students enrolled for fall 2020, a decrease of 269 students from 2019.

Portage students in kindergarten through fifth grade are learning in-person, with the option of learning virtually. Students in sixth grade and up are learning online, but face-to-face support is available.


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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Taking attendance is considered a pretty elementary thing when it comes to students and schools. However, this year, getting a true headcount is a really complicated equation.

La Crosse School officials are aware of students who are not connecting with teachers, and their absence may cause local schools to lose out on funding. The money schools get each year depends on the number of students who fill seats whether they are in person or at home.

This year, Wisconsin Public Education Network Executive Director Heather DuBois Bourenane expects enrollment counts to be inaccurate. The pandemic has created a plethora of problems for school districts to solve. Distance learning is expensive.

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Pandemic adds layer of concern around student enrollment numbers and funding

The third Friday of September is always an important date for Wisconsin schools to count students, but between the pandemic and multiple learning options, there is concern over how it will turn out.

Enrollment influences funding for the next few years and the count applies to public, choice and charter schools.

“There’s always some concern around Third Friday, but this year it feels especially heightened,” said Megan O’Halloran, School Board Director at Milwaukee Public Schools.

O’Halloran says educators have come to her concerned about getting an accurate count of students, adding the under-count may apply to students learning remotely or switching schools.

“One of the challenges with the technology is that we have students who have moved who maybe have challenges with having their phones cut off. We really view this as an equity issue that we have a unique set of challenges with our students,” said O’Halloran.

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MILWAUKEE — For schools across Wisconsin, Friday could turn out to be the single most important day on the calendar this year.

The third Friday in September is significant every year for Wisconsin public schools and private schools that accept children on taxpayer-funded vouchers. By law, students counted as enrolled on that date dictate in large part state and local funding for the current school year – and in many cases beyond.

The date is different for schools in other states, but the consequences are largely the same, and the coronavirus pandemic is complicating this year’s counts all over as schools struggle to connect with students online, and families move their children to different schools or pull them out altogether to be home-schooled. 

“We’re anticipating the

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Enrollment drops in school district that includes Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Enrollment in the Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, has declined by more than 10,000 students during the start of the fall semester online.

Data show there are 307,210 students enrolled for this 2020 academic year compared to 317,893 students enrolled for the 2019 academic year, showing a drop of more than 10,600 students.

The figures show the third straight decline in enrollment since the district reached more than 321,000 students in 2017.

District officials had anticipated about 316,000 students this year, and depending on enrollment at each school, budget cuts are now expected. Each student brings in $6,100 in funding to the district, officials said.

“There’s funding tied to that count number. How it impacts my child in the classroom? Frequently it means larger class sizes,” Nevada Parent Teacher Association President Rebecca Dirks Garcia told KVVU-TV. “You may see changes in your

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Enrollment has remained steady in local school districts | Morgan County

Enrollment has remained relatively steady in local school districts compared to a year ago, increasing in Hartselle City Schools and decreasing slightly in both the Decatur City and Morgan County school systems.

Decatur City Schools’ total enrollment was 8,764 students as of Monday, which is 78 fewer students than in last year’s official enrollment number used to calculate funding. The district’s official enrollment for this academic year will be calculated after the completion of 20 days of school following Labor Day.

Superintendent Michael Douglas said during a news conference Monday the less than 1% drop in students is a relief, since he initially feared losing teacher units due to lower enrollment numbers.

“That’s right where we were last year,” Douglas said. “I was extremely concerned with the pandemic that we would lose numbers and that would cause us in turn to lose teacher units, but we’ve held where we are.”

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Drop in Sioux Falls enrollment means less state aid, ‘cautious’ budget, school district officials say

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Principal Daniel Fischer greets students as they arrive off the bus for the first day of school on Thursday, August 27, at Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)

The Sioux Falls School District expected to significantly pass 25,000 students this year, but instead officials say they’re seeing a decline in enrollment and that could put a ding on how the district handles funding for the 2021-2022 school year.

The district initially projected having an additional 200 students compared to last year’s overall enrollment of 25,311. Instead, the district dropped by about as many, according to an initial enrollment report given to the Sioux Falls school board Monday night. 

Including Pre-K, Sioux Falls schools had 25,164 students as of the fourth day of school. Numbers won’t be finalized until the end of September.

“We knew there would be some variability, and I

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Federal school funding to be used for staff, increased enrollment, cleaning: LaGrange

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The provincial government has announced what it will do with the $262 million in education funding from the federal government.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced $250 million of that money will be given to school authorities based on a per-student model for COVID-19 issues.

That includes money for staffing, adapted learning spaces, cleaning for schools and buses and funding for special needs supports and online learning.

The remaining $12 million will be used to help schools dealing with increased enrollment with online or distance learning.

LaGrange said the funding will be given immediately to schools as soon

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