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D.C. Public School Enrollment Increases for Fourth Straight School Year

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    Public school enrollment increased for the fourth straight school year in D.C., according to audit data from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

    “For the fourth year in a row, parents are voting with their feet and choosing to place their confidence in District schools,” Mayor Vincent Gray said. “As we commit to improving educational opportunities for all students in our city, I hope that the numbers will continue to rise.”

    The 5 percent increase in the 2012-13 school year includes 1 percent in public schools enrollment and 10 percent in public charter schools enrollment.

    It’s the largest increase in more than 40 years, State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley Jones said.

    “The faith and trust that parents and community members are showing in our public schools reflect the hard work, compassion and steady drive for improvement found in our educational community,” she said.

    This year’s increase follows increases of 2 percent in 2009-10, 4 percent in 2010-11 and 2 percent in 2011-12.