Alaska district may lose millions due to enrollment dip, home schooling

In addition, with more than 5,000 students opting to not enroll this year, funding is reaching a breaking point in Anchorage
By: | September 9, 2020

Enrollment in the Anchorage School District is down by thousands of students this year after officials opted to start classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many families are choosing home-school programs instead of neighborhood schools.

This could have a big impact on the district’s finances, ASD chief financial officer Jim Anderson said. The combination of the drop in enrollment district-wide plus the number of students who have moved from neighborhood schools to home schools could mean big funding changes for the district – about a $26 million impact.

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