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With CPS Poised To Release 2018-19 Enrollment Data, ‘Astronomical’ Decline Expected To Continue

CPS enrollment has decreased by 11.8 percent since the since the 2006-07 school year, figures show.

Students on their first day of school at Orozco Community Academy in Pilsen in 2017.
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CHICAGO — The latest enrollment data for the Chicago Public Schools — due within weeks from the Chicago Board of Education — is expected to show a continued downward trajectory of the number of students in the city’s public schools.

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That trend not only puts pressure on future mayors and boards to close schools and lay off teachers, but also on the district’s future ability to pay down debt.

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