Wake had 139,362 students as of the 10th-day of classes for traditional-calendar schools on Tuesday.
Over the next couple of days, school officials will use the enrollment figures to determine how many teachers will be moved to different schools to help reduce class sizes. Schools get funding for teachers based on the number of students they have enrolled.
School officials say they’ve been fairly close to their enrollment projections. Schools officials had projected in February that enrollment would reach 140,012 students by the 20th day of classes. That estimate was lowered to 139,726 students last month.
So far, Wake has grown by 1,656 students over last year’s official enrollment of 137,706 children. School officials say growth has slowed because of the recession and a new state law that says students can’t enter kindergarten unless they turn age 5 by Aug. 31.
Wake is still the largest school district in North Carolina and likely remains the 18th largest in the nation. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the second-largest district in the state, reported having 133,329 students as of the 10th day and expects to have more than 135,000 children this school year.
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