According to D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, enrollment in the DCPS system has increased for the first time in 39 years.
Chancellor Rhee and Mayor Adrian Fenty held a press conference this morning to announce the boost to D.C. schools. According to the official statement, 73 of the system's 123 schools saw increased enrollment.
Though the official count is pending an accountant's review, an unaudited report found increased enrollment in some schools in all eight wards.
The early counts mark a continued improvement since 2009, when enrollment showed a marginal decline of less than one percent.
Chancellor Rhee and the DCPS system have been the subject of increased scrutiny. Since Mayor Fenty's loss, local observers have focused on speculation about the education czar's future. On September 24, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray and Chancellor Rhee held a summit about which much was said in advance but since has been followed by silence. A documentary about education in the U.S., Waiting for 'Superman', in theaters now, interviews Chancellor Rhee.