District Wants To Lure Private School Students

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 19, 2009

“We’re attempting to reach out to parents who may not have considered public schools in the past.” 

Maria Lopez is with the Sacramento City Unified School District. 

Officials are opening up classrooms Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. And they’re inviting parents who may be struggling to pay private school tuition during the recession…to drop by. 

“Perhaps they’re considering changing their minds about where they send their children because of the economy. And so we want them to know that there are good choices available here in Sac City Unified.” 

Enrollment is a major source of funding for the district. It’s been on the decline for the past nine years…dropping from about 52,000 to just over 47,000.

That, plus cuts in state funding, is forcing the district to consider closing some schools and laying off teachers.