Enrollment up; time to party
The city school system is planning a public party at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday morning before the City-Poly game to celebrate its first enrollment increase in, well, a very long time. Until now, enrollment in Baltimore schools had been declining for at least three decades.
Why the turning of the tide? It's clear that fewer freshmen dropped out of high school last year, and more city parents are choosing to send their children to public schools. Some schools reached out to recruit families this year, since funding is based on enrollment.
We reported last week that enrollment in the high schools is up 5 percent this year. No word yet on the overall system figure, which I'm told is still being calculated based on attendance through the end of October, but administrators are obviously optimistic.
The party is scheduled for 10 a.m.; kickoff is at noon.