For the first time in a decade, enrollment in Prince George's County Public Schools has increased, with more than 2,000 additional students attending this year over last, reports the Washington Post.
Previously, the Post reported that the schools were losing an average of 1,000 students per year over an eight-year period, which was in marked contrast to many other Maryland and Virginia school systems, who were stable or growing their enrollment numbers.
While the total numbers are growing in Prince George's County, the Post reports that almost 65 percent of the new student numbers, about 1,300, are eligible for free and reduced lunches, which is a federal measure of poverty.
Last year, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III sought to take over the schools and reduce the power of the school board, saying he hoped to make the school more attractive to middle class families in the county.
“A lot of engaged parents live in Prince George’s County, but they don’t send their children to our public schools,” Baker told the post last year. “What we are going to do is talk to them and figure out why."