Iowa's public school enrollment rises to 479,000 - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Iowa's public school enrollment rises to 479,000

Posted: Updated:
DES MOINES (AP) -

Enrollment in Iowa's public schools has risen for the second year in a row.

The Iowa Education Department said Wednesday that enrollment for the 2013-14 school year rose 0.6 percent over the previous year and totaled nearly 479,000 students.

The increases follow 17 years of declining enrollment.

Iowa record enrollment was 645,000 students in the 1972-73 school year.

Jay Pennington is chief of the Education Department's Bureau of Information and Analysis, and he says the two years of increases are due in part to a temporary spike in Iowa birth rates, starting in 2003.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.