Cleveland will have less state help in building new schools than expected

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The latest projection by a state consultant predicts that the district will have 33,425 students in the 2017-18 school year. That’s nearly 3,000 fewer than the state’s 2009 prediction for that year.

Because the state will pay for school space only for the number of students a district will have, that projected drop means the district can build schools – if it chooses – for 3,000 fewer children than it has counted on.

For comparison, that drop is equivalent to seven potential elementary schools and more than the combined student counts of the three high schools the district is now building.

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