Cleveland Schools Enrollment Keeps Dropping

CLEVELAND (AP) - Enrollment in Cleveland's public schools keeps shrinking.

The state's second-largest school system had more than 150,000 students in the late 1960s. Now, district chief academic officer Eric Gordon says the count has fallen below 49,000, after a recent accounting of students who never show up and have been confirmed gone.

Gordon thinks the figure could dip to 47,000 in early October, when Ohio schools take formal head counts.

The Cleveland school district trails only Columbus for enrollment. But many students have left Cleveland's public schools for privately run, publicly funded charter schools or attend private schools on state vouchers.

More than 25,000 Cleveland school children went to charter schools or used vouchers last year.