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Enrollment Up at DC Public Schools
Published at 3:13 PM EDT on Jun 7, 2010 | Updated at 6:16 PM EDT on Jun 7, 2010
Enrollment in D.C. Public Schools is projected to increase for the first time since the 1970s because of an influx of young students, according to the Washington Examiner.
More than 5,200 3- and 4-year-olds are expected in September. That is almost a 30 percent jump from 2001, according to enrollment figures from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Over the years, the District would struggle to fill pre-kindergarten classes, but that has changed.
“We now have waiting lists,” said schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
From Northwest to Southeast, 14 D.C. schools have waiting lists for pre-kindergarten and pre-school classes for the first time in their history.
The pre-schoolers have boosted the school system's enrollment projection from 44,700 this year to 44,900 next year, the Washington Examiner reported.
The D.C. City Council has pledged funding for education when it passed the Pre-K Expansion and Enhancement Act of 2008.