NY School Enrollment Continues to Decline

Mayor Bill de Blasio greets a child Wednesday on the first day of the new school year at PS 377 in Ozone Park, Queens

New York’s public school enrollment continues to decline and a fiscally conservative think tank says to expect more of the same in future years.

The Empire Center reported that public school enrollment for the completed 2017-2018 school year was estimated at 2.6 million, or more than 15,000 down from the year before.

The Albany-based center says Census data showing a continued decline in the state’s population of school-age children points to another enrollment decrease in the new school year.

Looking at the past decade, the center says school enrollments have been shrinking fastest in upstate rural counties, with increases in parts of New York City metropolitan area.

New York public school enrollment reached an all-time high of 3.5 million in 1970-71.