LAUSD Enrollment Drops By More Than 27,000 Students


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The Los Angeles Times reports that LAUSD's student enrollment has dropped by more than 27,000 students since last year, a decline of close to 6% — a much steeper slide than in any recent year.

According to data provided by L.A. Unified, last year’s enrollment total for pre-school through 12th grade was 466,229., compared to this year’s figure for that same date being 439,013. The comparison is based on an annual count referred to as “norm day,” the fifth Friday of every new school year.

“We’re still seeing the impact of COVID,” said Veronica Arreguin, the district’s chief strategy officer, about the enrollment decline. The LA Times report adds that Arreguin also noted that much of the decline was expected, in line with many years of dropping enrollment related to lower birth rates, families moving to more affordable areas, and other factors.

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