Opinion: Denver’s shrinking school enrollment is an opportunity to improve
But DPS needs a good plan, the right data, and a strong stomach
Declining birth rates, coupled with COVID disruptions, are driving down enrollment in Colorado public schools
The state counted about 1,200 fewer K-12 students this school year. Some analysts expect that, as birth rates continue to decrease, student enrollment in public schools won’t rebound.
The pandemic impacted fall enrollment at Colorado community colleges — but not as much as feared
Enrollment in the system remains down over 10% from 2019.
Colorado school finance bill would spare districts from impact of enrollment declines
The Joint Budget Committee OK'd an education finance bill that send an extra $60 million to districts that saw large enrollment declines or a decrease in the number of students living in poverty. Rural districts will share another $25 million from the new nicotine tax.