Public School Growth

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Growth in Colorado's public schools is slowingdown.

According to state figures, enrollment growth for the current 2004-2005 school year is expected to the lowest in ten years.

The Colorado Department of Education estimates that slightly more than 53-hundred new students will enroll in public schools this academic year.

That's a gain of point-74 percent from last year, but about 200 fewer students than the year before.

Economists attribute the slowdown to the economy.

Natalie Mullis, an economist for the nonpartisan Legislative Council Staff, says Colorado has lost 71-thousand-600 jobs since December 2000.

But conditions are expected to turn around as the national economy improves, meaning student population growth could increase
next spring.

That would mean more money for Colorado's 178 school districts, which receive funding on a per-student basis.