Milwaukee Public Schools enrollment was 67,500 in the 2022-23 school year — 9.6% less than the 2019-20 enrollment of 74,683.
That’s according to the latest annual figures from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Alan Borsuk, a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School and a longtime tracker of MPS enrollment, wrote in December that a major reason for MPS enrollment declines is an increase in Milwaukee pupils attending private schools or public schools outside of MPS.
He also cited the COVID-19 pandemic, smaller families, fewer teen births and the overall population decline in Milwaukee.
Statewide, K-12 public school enrollment has dropped for nine consecutive years, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum reported in May 2023.
The decline likely reflects declining birth rates, students moving from public schools to private or home schooling and effects associated with the pandemic, the report said.
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