An enrollment loss of nearly 1,500 students pushes Indianapolis Public Schools behind Fort Wayne Community Schools as the state's largest public school district. Ray Steele of WIBC radio reported that IPS' preliminary enrollment on Friday, the official count day, was 30,128.
At FWCS, the preliminary enrollment figure is 30,622, according to spokeswoman Krista Stockman.
The state's voucher entitlement program and an increasing number of new charter schools continues to affect enrollment, particularly in Indiana's urban areas. FWCS' preliminary enrollment on the 2011 count day was 31,022, for a loss of about 400 students this year. The South Bend Tribune reported Friday that South Bend Community Schools appeared to have an enrollment decline of 474, for a total enrollment of about 20,000.
For each of the districts, the enrollment decline means hundreds of thousands of dollars lost in tuition support.