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America’s addiction to population growth not only forces school districts either (a) to build more schools than taxpayers can afford and/or are willing to pay for or (b) to crowd more students into existing schools. The result is as expected: Diminution of the education process. Students are obvious victims of America’s addiction to population growth.
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“Education researchers say that ideal enrollments are no more than 300 students for an elementary school, no more than 500 for a middle school, and 600 to 900 for a high school,” Valerie Strauss, “A Case For Smaller Schools,” Washington Post, 8/8/00. “Yet 71% of all U.S. high school students go to schools larger than 1,000 students.”

High schools with 3,000 or more students are now common in large cities such as Los Angeles and New York. Some schools have as many as 5,000 students.

“Smaller schools have higher attendance and graduation rates, lower dropout rates, less violence, and higher grades and test scores,” according to Michael Klonsky, “Small Schools: The Numbers Tell a Story,” Small School Workshop; Keith Sharon, “Behind the Curve,” Orange County Register, 5/21/01. As in cities, excessive population density creates problems in schools.

“The number of school-age children is expected to increase steadily for the next nine decades. Total enrollment in grades 9-12 is projected to reach 55 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Education. By 2100, the nation’s schools will have to find room for 94 million students--almost double the number of school-age children the nation has now.

“Where is the growth in the school-age population coming from? Immigration has been responsible for almost 70% of population growth in the last decade; immigrants arriving since 1994 and their descendants will account for two-thirds of future (school-age) population growth,” according to the National Projections Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.

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