Minnesota Public School Enrollment Continues to Decline

by Anthony Gockowski


Public school enrollment in Minnesota has declined for a third consecutive year, according to data released this week by the Department of Education.

MDE said enrollment dropped by about 2,427 students during the 2022-23 academic year, a roughly 0.3% decrease.

That’s nearly identical to last school year’s drop of 2,146 students but much smaller than the 17,000 students who left public schools in the 2020-21 school year.

In response to the data, MDE called for “stabilizing funding” for public schools, which is directly tied to student enrollment.

“Minnesota’s students deserve high-quality academic instruction and social-emotional supports,” said Commissioner Willie Jett. “Our public schools must be provided with the necessary resources to meet these needs.”

Democrats are proposing a bill that would raise education spending by more than $1 billion in the next biennium.

Charter and private schools both saw enrollment increases. Charter school enrollment increased by 1.9% and private school enrollment increased by 3.4%. Homeschooling, however, dropped by 5%.

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Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and reported for The Daily Caller.
Photo “Teacher and Students” by Artem Podrez.




Reprinted with permission from AlphaNewsMN.com

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