The 20th day numbers are in and they're even further off than they were last year.
Wake says it had 137,706 students on the 20th day. That's 2,737 students below the projection that was used for this year's county budget, likely meaning commissioners will keep the $3 million that was withheld in case enrollment fell short.
It's the second year in a row that Wake has come in more than 2,000 students below projection. Enrollment was 2,084 students below projection last year.
This year's gain of 3,704 students is the smallest growth since 2002, when Wake picked up 3,030 kids.
In the district's press release, Wake says "the serious downturn in the national economy had an impact on WCPSS enrollment. Other large school systems in the state saw similar trends of slower growth."
Over in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the school district came in 1,794 students below projection.
Wake school officials say that "the Wake County Planning Department and the WCPSS Growth and Planning Department who jointly develop the projections will review the data to see what they can learn from it and revise projections for the future. "
That's the exact same wording that was used in the 2007 press release after enrollment fell short.