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DCPS Enrollment: 40,179

As of 9 a.m. today, D.C. public school enrollment stood at 40,179, according to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's office. That's a significant bump over the 37,000 reported by officials just before the beginning of the academic year on Monday. The increase is the product of late arrivals and more students and families who have completed paperwork verifying District residency. The number will continue to be a moving target, and most likely will grow into the fall. The District takes its official count in early October (last year it was Oct. 6) and hires a private CPA firm to audit the results, making sure that every student counted has proper documentation. The final census is usually available around the middle of March. Rhee and the D.C Council have established 44,681--last year's audited number--as its projected population for the 2009-10 school year.

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  August 26, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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What's happening at my school is the one registrar, basically the school secretary at the computer, is registering students and then inputting the data into STARS, which is DCPS's enrollment database. A few days ago, she had a whole stack of registration forms to enter in, as she got busy doing other important things. She's caught up on it. So multiply this throughout the schools and you'll see why numbers are thankfully going up.

Posted by: chelita | August 26, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear it, Chelita.

I'm guessing now that DCPS contacted Turque with the good news. But stay on the story, Bill. We don't want to wait until next March to hear what the final enrollment is, if they know in October.

And if the lines of communication start going quiet, we can guess that enrollment is slipping.

Posted by: efavorite | August 26, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Chelita is right on the money. Once the registrars and data entry clerks get caught up you'll start to see an uptick in numbers. Also, parents in the city are notorious for registering their kids after Labor Day even though school starts before then. I guarantee you'll see major movement then as well. Even after that, kids usually trickle in throughout September and into October, though some tend to trickle out as well for other options (such as wait-list openings frm charter schools).

Either way, I think they will probably hit their target and possibly go over.

Posted by: GetOuttaHere | August 27, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Outtahere, thanks for backing me and we're right. Many schools have one individual both examining families' documents, registering children and then inputting the paperwork. Plus answering the phones, paging teachers' classrooms, assiting in the main office and making sure kids get to the nurse's office for bandaids. So sometimes the registration forms back up on their desks, to be entered when they have time. And outtahere, we hope, at the local school level, that there is an uptick in #s, as no school wants to lose programs, funding or actual teaching positions due to lower enrollment figures.

Posted by: chelita | August 27, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Chelita says: "no school wants to lose programs, funding or actual teaching positions due to lower enrollment figures."

Of course not -- and please don't be intimidated by Rhee's threats. If she's truly all for the kids, she won't be counting enrollment figures to decide what to cut at the schools; instead, she'll cut her huge consulting budget -- or at least she should.

I bet the foundations would chip in too -- using some of the money they saved by not being called upon to supplement teachers' salaries, as per Rhee's failed red/green tier plan.

Posted by: efavorite | August 27, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

While we don't agree on everything, once again Chelita has the "real deal" information that I failed to get from our school registrar. Why? She was way too busy to talk to me last week and this week. hmmm... of course!

I am interested to see how many people from the other "only 37k students registered because they all hate Michelle Rhee" thread respond to these numbers ticking upward.

Posted by: bbcrock | August 27, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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