The initial data on third Friday student counts are out and the numbers for MMSD look good. MMSD is up 378 students, or about 150 more than projections.
This is good news, in that it shows that fears about MMSD driving students and families away are unfounded. The chart above illustrates that MMSD’s gains as a percentage of enrollment of 1.51% were above the average for Dane County districts. The full data is here.
In the past, this would have been very good news, because revenue limits are based on enrollment and more students would mean more money. Since MMSD was planning on levying about $16 million under the limit, it only means we will be even further under the cap.
I haven’t been able to find more detailed breakdowns by school, race. income… I look forward to looking at this data to see the trends. I want to make clear that whatever the trends are it is wrong to think of some demographics as more desirable than others. Once districts, schools or teachers start thinking or talking or acting in this manner, they are betraying the basic promise of public education to move toward equality through opportunity.
Thomas J. Mertz