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District school enrollment continues decline

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student membership figures for the first month of school.  It is interesting to note year-to-year changes in average daily membership (ADM), even if the figure will change by the end of the year.  The ADM figures for the last three school years are as follows:

2017-18: 1,423,757

2016-17: 1,429,826

2015-16: 1,433,290

The two-year change is only around 9,500 students and is less than a percentage point, so it is clearly not a cataclysmic change.  Nevertheless, private, home, and charter school enrollments continue to grow as district membership shrinks, suggesting that parental choice is contributing to the trend.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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