Wisconsin public schools enrollment drop, adds to virus woes

Posted at 11:40 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 12:41:10-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State education officials say enrollment at public schools in Wisconsin has dropped by 3% this year.

The state Department of Public Instruction says the numbers decline could further hurt districts already in a financial pinch because of the extra costs associated with COVID-19 pandemic, such as more laptops and internet hotspots for students and cleaning supplies.

Some state aid to districts is decided on a per pupil basis, while other state funding is based on a three-year, rolling enrollment average.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the department reported 818,922 fewer students for the 2020-21 school year.

The state recorded a 0.4% drop in student enrollment between the 2018-2019 school year and the 2019-2020 school year.

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