CPS apologizes for enrollment snafu on charters

Chicago Public Schools apologized Tuesday for releasing incorrect enrollment figures for charter and contract schools during a preliminary count on the district’s 10th day of school, which made charter schools look like they lost a whopping 10 percent of enrollment since last year.

CPS typically counts students in its privately managed contract schools along with the charters, but this year it did not, spokeswoman Emily Bittner said. That means 3,933 children enrolled so far this year in contract schools did not get added in with 54,889 students in charter schools, she said. With corrected numbers, charter and contract schools may have lost a little more than 4 percent of students since last September, when they had a total of 61,496.

“This does NOT change the overall enrollment number of 378,481, and we will provide an updated detailed breakdown after the school figures are reconciled on 20th day,” Bittner said in an email. “Again, please accept our sincere apologies.”

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