Is Jacksonville dying out?
In science they say if it’s not going forward it’s going backwards, well friends our school system seems to be going backwards.
In a piece about the school district seeking to attract charter schools back to it, a laudable and achievable goal, a disturbing figure was brought to light.
From the Times Union: The district’s enrollment was 126,873 in 2003-04 and today that number is 119,188. Meanwhile, charter school enrollment was 609 in 2003-04 and stands at 7,795 this school year. That means during the 03-04 school year there were 127,479 kids in public and charter schools but fast forward a decade and there are only 126,913 a decrease of 566 kids. Now some crappy private schools operating out of abandoned strip malls taking vouchers kids and homeschooling probably explains that number to a degree but still an increase of just a thousand or so kids in a decade should be troublesome. http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-09-17/story/vitti-says-he-district-ready-pursue-charter-students
According to city data.com our population went from 735,617, thousand in 2000 to 821,784 in 2010 for an increase of 86,167 but at the same time our school age population went from 142,401, children 5-17 in 2000, to 138,791, a decrease of 2.5 percent in 2010.
Where have the kids gone and can we go forward without them?