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Earlier this morning, we reported that the U-T story about upped enrollment in San Diego schools — a reversed tide from years of dropping enrollment — used an overall figure that included charter enrollment. The problem? The school district doesn’t get money for charter students, so increased charter enrollment doesn’t mean more attendance money for your run-of-the-mill public schools.
A quick bit of arithmetic, using the K-12 district enrollment from this year and last, shows that San Diego schools have lost 208 students this year, while K-12 charters gained 456 students.
Still, the decline in enrollment has slowed compared to past years, and the U-T was right to point out that the boost in state preschool enrollment will mean bigger numbers for San Diego schools, once the kiddies make it to kindergarten. (That is, if they enroll in regular public schools, not charters.)