For two decades, K-12 enrollment in California has been stable, ranging from 6.1 million to 6.2 million students. But within the state, there has been movement: sharp drop in enrollment in coastal counties – rural and urban northern Los Angeles and Orange County, where housing prices have surpassed income – and sharp increases in the interior, as families they moved east to larger plots and cheaper housing. Enrollment increased by 16.6% to 26.2% in “Upper California,” which includes the Sacramento area and its suburbs, the Inland Empire, and the northern and southern San Joaquin Valley regions. In 2020-21, the first full year of the pandemic, enrollment dropped by 160,000 students statewide, mostly among younger students, as parents in many districts did not enroll first-grade boys and girls. How many will return to school is a critical and unanswered question. But state demographers are projecting a further drop in enrollment by 2030, even with a post-pandemic recovery.
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