Chicago Public Schools have been declining in enrollment for over a decade. They are now serving 322,106 children, making it the nation’s fourth largest district after Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which serves 324,961 students. Miami-Dade has taken Chicago’s #3 national enrollment spot.
- Chicago is serving roughly 9,000 fewer than last year
- more than 80,000 fewer students than a decade ago
- more than 115,000 fewer than were enrolled 20 years ago
- Decline attributed to
- declining birth rates
- possible need for improved practices, programming, and services to students.
National enrollment ranking
- New York City Public Schools – more than 950,000 students
- Los Angeles Unified School District – more than 430,000
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools – 324,961
- Chicago Public Schools – 322,106
- Clark County in Nevada – over 305,000
- Went to schools outside the city
- Transferred to private schools
- Students switching to homeschooling – up during the pandemic, back down this year.
- Uptick in the number of students considered dropouts
- Simply did not show up at school.
- Chicago schools still serve mostly Latino and Black students.
- Percentage of white and Asian American students have increased.
- All groups are seeing declines.
- Predominantly Latino neighborhoods saw steeper losses.
- Pandemic recovery money have helped.
- Parents urged Chicago Public Schools to rethink its school-based funding model.
- Larger coalition of community groups working to do away with the school-based budgeting model that the group because they maintain it destabilizes communities.
- Need to inform parents and the community to increase understanding of benefits and impact.