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Ann Arbor Public Schools Enrollment Gains Big, But Below Target

Oct 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools have fallen a bit short of their target of adding 400 new students this year.  But, student increases may have come from the right places to keep the budget balanced.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools had the biggest jump in enrollment in a decade, yet are 34 students short of their goal. Despite missing the target, Superintendent Jeanice Swift expects the budget to be all right. That's because the district did a good job of attracting in-district students and they bring more per-pupil funding than schools of choice students. "We had 225 students from charter, private, and home school within Ann Arbor Public Schools choose us," Swift says.

Swift plans to continue program enhancement efforts to attract more students. She says this year in particular they will be focusing on expanding options at the middle school and high school level.

The official count to be submitted to the state will be completed in November. 

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