Enrollment Up In District Public Schools

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    NEWSLETTERS

    By Jonathan Wilson

    Overall enrollment in D.C.'s public schools increased this fall for the first time in almost 40 years.

    73 public schools in the city saw an enrollment increase, and 14 different schools had to create wait lists for the first time.

    Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has said the enrollment bump didn't cause any major challenges, but schools did have to adjust in the first week to make sure they had enough teachers for all the children.

    A significant part of the increase is due to a recent expansion of the city's federally funded Head Start program for young students. 700 more three and four year-olds are attending school in the city this year.

    Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected join schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee at Powell Elementary in Northwest Washington to make the announcement official later this morning.

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