Utah public school enrollment drops for the first time in 20 years

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s public school enrollment has declined for the first time since 2000, according to data released Thursday by the Utah State Board of Education.

The state head count conducted on Oct. 1 shows a total head count of 665,306 students, down 0.23% from a year ago.

Kindergarten enrollment dropped statewide by nearly 4%, representing 1,457 fewer students. Kindergarten is optional in Utah but most children are enrolled. The last time kindergarten enrollment was this low was in 2010.

With the exception of second grade, all lower grades showed a decline in growth

There was also a drop in the enrollment of students in all grades who were not in a Utah school the previous year, which suggests a decline of in-migration to the state.

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