Unofficial fall enrollment numbers show more Detroit Public Schools students than expected

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DETROIT — More students are enrolled in the Detroit Public Schools this year than the district anticipated.

The district says unofficial numbers from the fall count show 47,238 full-time students in its 97 schools. Detroit Schools had budgeted for 47,189 students.

Enrollment was just under 49,000 last fall. The annual decline continues to be far less than in some recent years. About 104,000 students were in the district in 2007. That dropped below 100,000 the next year.

The district receives $7,296 from the state for each student officially enrolled. Like all public schools in Michigan, the per-pupil funding formula is based on the enrollment count period that started Oct. 1 and another count early next year. Ninety-percent of the funding is based on fall enrollment counts.

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