- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Enrollment at New Mexico’s largest school district is projected to drop more than 10,000 students within this decade.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/nFPlX2) the most precipitous declines are in Kindergarten, making the outlook even bleaker as fewer students enter the pipeline for Albuquerque Public Schools.

Officials say the slide began shortly after the economic downturn, with enrollment dropping at the beginning of this decade.

Rose-Ann McKernan, executive director of the district’s Office of Accountability and Reporting, said Albuquerque Public Schools administrators are looking at options should the decline continue.

McKernan says lower birth rates and movement of students to charter schools, other districts within New Mexico and other states are to blame for the decline.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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