Wisconsin Spotlight | Dec. 28, 2022
By Mike Nichols, Badger Institute
The Milwaukee Public School District’s enrollment has dropped by more than 20,000 students in just the last 14 years — a stunning decline of over 25% that, Marquette’s Alan Borsuk points out, is the equivalent of losing five high schools and 25 kindergarten-through-eighth grade elementary schools.
As I pointed out in a column last year, MPS had about 100,000 kids as recently as 1990. That number is now down to approximately 58,000 and dropping rapidly.
A refusal by MPS and the teachers union to resume in-person classes during the pandemic didn’t help but this is a long-term trend stemming from demographic changes, the rise of better schools in other sectors and abject mismanagement.
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