Forecasters project modest enrollment growth for Florida schools, but not for Pinellas
Florida's Education Estimating Conference continued to tweak its student enrollment projections this week, predicting a small amount of growth from this year to next in the public schools. Total enrollment is estimated at 2,661,318 this year and 2,
691,883 next year.
In the Tampa Bay area, the Pinellas County school system runs against that trend.
While Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco schools are expected to see small increases or static student counts, Pinellas is projected to continue its downward slide. Estimated to have 101,424 students this year, the district is expected to shrink to 98,240 by 2014-15. By contrast Hillsborough schools are expected to grow from 195,387 students to 199,403 over the same time period.
Of note, the Sunshine State News website reports that the conference members did advise several Florida districts to monitor for the arrival of Hispanic students fleeing Alabama's new, restrictive immigration laws. So far, there has not been a major influx.