Pinellas County student enrollment tops projections
Pinellas County schools lost considerably fewer students than expected this year, according to the district's 10-day count. The district projected it would have 102,550 students; on Tuesday, it had 103,302 - a difference of 752.
The numbers are still down from last year's 104,658, but a slower loss rate in Pinellas is welcome news to a district where funding woes have been made worse by declining enrollment.
Does credit go to more seats in fundamental schools? More seats in gifted programs? A lousy economy driving private school parents back to public schools? All of the above?
Ron Matus, state education reporter