High school student decline a strain for Boston

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Boston public high school enrollment is on the slide, leaving nearly 3,000 seats empty and raising questions about possible school closures.

The problem is expected to accelerate as the school system faces intensifying competition from charter schools, which are adding 1,500 seats over the next few years, according to a School Department memo last month that was obtained by the Globe.

A handful of schools, such as Another Course to College in Brighton and the English High School in Jamaica Plain, are operating in buildings less than half full.

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