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Michigan Public School Enrollment Rose In 2021-22 After 11 Years Of Decline

But the actual number of students is still down compared to pre-pandemic 2018-19

Total enrollment in Michigan’s public schools is slightly higher this year than last, halting what has been a long-term statewide decline.

Public school pupil counts were up 5,844 in 2021-22 compared to the previous year. That is not a significant increase statistically. But it is still meaningful because it’s the first time in 11 years that statewide enrollment in Michigan’s public schools has gone up, not down. The data comes from the state of Michigan.

Statewide enrollment totaled 1,443,456 students in 2021-22. The last time student counts rose here was the 2009-10 school year.

The comparison to previous-year totals refers to changes in student counts from one year to the next. The actual number of students enrolled is still significantly below pre-pandemic levels.

There were 1,507,772 students attending Michigan public schools in 2018-19, the last year not affected by COVID-19. Although enrollment is up from last year, it is still down 4.2% compared to the 2018-19 level.

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