Fla. public school enrollment drops for 3rd year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - New figures show Florida's public
school enrollment is down this year by 37,000 students, or 1.37 percent. However, an official says school closures from Tropical Storm
Fay may have skewed that count.

Authorities had predicted a decline, but not one so large. The forecast was for only 6,600 fewer students, the third straight year the school population had dropped.

Legislative economist Amy Baker blamed the enrollment trend in
part on a slowdown in Florida's population growth.

Current enrollment is still nearly 2.7 million. It dropped by almost 8,000 students in the last school year and about 2,800 two years ago.

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