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The Quiet Shortfall In Michigan Schools

There’s a shortage in Michigan public schools not many talk about, but it’s not of funding or teachers.

It’s a shortage of students.

The last time the number of children attending public schools in this state went up was the 2002-03 school year. For 18 consecutive years, fewer students have enrolled in Michigan schools, according to official data.

The last time more than 2 million students attended Michigan public schools was 1977-78, when there were 2,023,944 enrolled in the fall.

By the 2020-21 year, that number had dropped to 1,415,820, a 30% decline over the 43-year span.

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