Pasco schools enrollment outlook improves
Back in September, enrollment in Pasco County schools looked to be down nearly 400 students, threatening multimillion-dollar budget cuts.
A month later, the picture looks better, though still not great.
The state's official student count logged in 67,337 children -- only 191 below last year. One key factor: The state expanded access to McKay scholarships for students with disabilities over the spring.
As a result, the number of Pasco students using McKay scholarships jumped from 389 to 482. Participation in charter schools, home schooling and virtual education also has risen.
District officials are awaiting a final report from the state to know exactly how much less funding the district stands to receive as a result of the lower enrollment. Pasco's state and local funding per student is set at $6,334.