Many Ohio School Districts See Enrollments Drop

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Many Ohio school districts are seeing declining enrollment as the state's younger population goes down.

State figures show most districts' enrollment is down over the last few years. The Ohio-based company FutureThink forecasts that trend to continue over the next couple years. A digital-mapping company report projects a 2 percent drop by 2018, or about 56,000 fewer children.

Nationally, affluent suburban districts are usually the ones seeing growth, while urban and rural schools decline.

There are exceptions, such as Columbus City Schools. The state capital's public schools district has shown a 2.8 percent uptick in enrollment for the current school year. But it is still down over the last five years and well below enrollment a decade ago.

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