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ENROLLMENT UP: Gains In Iowa Schools

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The number of students enrolling in Iowa’s public schools is increasing.

That’s according to the official certified enrollment report released Thursday by the Iowa Department of Education.

A total of 476,245 students enrolled in the current year through. That covers students from kindergarten through 12th grade. That’s nearly 3,000 more students than the prior year.

This is the first significant enrollment increase for public schools in 17 years.

“This statewide increase is refreshing news for Iowa after years of declining enrollment. However, the reality is that this increase most likely is temporary,” said Jay Pennington, chief of the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Information and Analysis.

Enrollment peaked in the 1972-1973 school year with 645,000 students.

Officials say the enrollment increase is likely due to a surge in birth rates that started in 2003.