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Early stats show Hillsborough traditional schools losing to charters

More information will be available in September.
An empty classroom at Bloomingdale High School in Hillsborough County. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |  Skip O'Rourke]
An empty classroom at Bloomingdale High School in Hillsborough County. [SKIP O'ROURKE | Skip O'Rourke]

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.


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