Florida's school enrollment expected to keep dropping
The Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research is predicting a third straight year of declining enrollment in Florida's public schools.
In its latest projections of public school enrollment for 2009-10, the office expects the state's school population to come in at 2,608,006, down 10,000 kids from the year that just ended. Enrollment was down more than 13,000 students last year from 2007-08.
In 2006-07, the state's public schools held 2,638,331 students.
Locally, the state projects that Hernando schools will see a decline of about 110 students, Hillsborough will drop off about 1,800 students, Pasco will grow by 350 students (a number the district disputes), and Pinellas will decline by about 2,300 students.
Where are the kids going? Experts have said they're moving with their parents to where the jobs are. And lately, that hasn't been here.