CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools student enrollment dropped by 2.6 percent this school year compared with last, according to information provided by the district.
However, no layoffs or additional cuts will be ordered as a result of the loss of 9,967 students this school year, officials said.
Over the last two years, enrollment dropped 5.3 percent at public schools in Chicago — a total of 23,771 students, according to district enrollment data.
CEO Forrest Claypool blamed "demographic trends outside our control — especially the birth rate and immigration to this country" for the decline of 9,967 students from the 2017-18 school year.
"Our schools will continue to be among the best schools in the nation, and every child in every neighborhood will be able to get a great education in a Chicago Public School," Claypool said in a statement.
CPS enrollment dropped to 371,382 this year, district officials said.
Before the school year began, CPS officials had expected enrollment to drop by 8,000 students.