The Tampa Bay Times has been paying close attention to enrollment trends in the Hillsborough County Public Schools. Numbers on the first day of school indicated charter school enrollment had grown to 13 percent of all students.
The five-day count shows something else: Enrollment in district-run schools is actually shrinking.
Here are the statistics:
PK-12 District Traditional
2018-2019: 190,539. 2019-2020: 189,237. One year difference: -1,302
PK-12 District Charter
2018-2019: 25,118. 2019-2020: 27,651. 1 Yr Difference: +2,533.
PK-12 District Total
2018-2019: 215,657. 2019-2020: 216,883. 1 Yr Difference: + 1,226.
These numbers show that 14.6 percent of students are in charter schools, or more than one in seven
The 20th day falls on Sept.8. Those numbers will be broken down school-by-school, including the charters.