Detroit Schools See Rise In High School Students

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Public Schools district is reporting an increase in high school students as overall enrollment continues to decline.

The Detroit News reports Friday that fall enrollment in grades 9-12 totaled 15,208 and across all grades was 48,923. High school enrollment is up about 14 percent from the same period last year while overall enrollment is down about 2 percent.

District spokesman Steve Wasko says the increase of high school students is "a very good thing if we manage it correctly."

Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, says the increase has led to some high school classes with 45 to 50 students.

A state-appointed emergency manager oversees the district. Its enrollment has dropped sharply in recent decades, from about 183,000 in 1993.

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