The decline in enrollment of the Austin Independent School District, even as the region has swelled in population growth, should be a wake-up call that parents will vote with their feet to find better schools in more affordable communities. Reasons for declining enrollment vary from things beyond the district’s control to self-inflicted wounds.
It’s curious that Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and her numbers-crunchers didn’t see the enrollment decline coming. The clues were obvious. The public had signaled in several ways, including voting in a new school board majority last year and then this year voting down two of four bond proposals, that it was not satisfied with the status quo. Officials either have not been paying attention or they ignored public sentiment.
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