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The growing Wichita school district

Wichita public school enrollment is at its highest level since 1975 … 51,169 students.
That’s up 530 students from last year. U-S-D 259 enrollment has grown by more than 2,300 students over the past decade.
Biggest growth was in the district’s elementary school enrollment this year, with an increase of 328 students. South High School reports an increase of 114 students.
Enrollment is used to determine the school district’s per-student state funding, which is $3,838 for every full-time student.
Wichita is one of the largest urban school districts on the plains. The enrollment growth we’re seeing is not unique. The size of our school-age population is growing, and that means record enrollment levels across the country through at least 2020. That comes from the National Center for Education statistics.
Remember that funding for education makes up the largest share of the Kansas Legislature’s budget every year. Are lawmakers prepared for the growth in the state’s schools?
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

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10/01/2013 1:21AM
The growing Wichita school district
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