State education officials are reporting enrollment drops among young students and in some of the state’s most vulnerable school districts. Continuing a trend, student enrollment declined in Connecticut’s public schools this year. Ajit Gopalakrishnan, chief compliance officer for the state Department of Education, said enrollment fell three percent. That’s a one-year drop that’s about on par with declines previously seen over a five year period. “More than 50 percent of the decline we are seeing is due to lower enrollment in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten grades. And that seems to be, disproportionately, in our 33 Alliance Districts, in terms of the decline in enrollment,” he said. Alliance districts serve more than 200,000 students in the state’s lowest-performing schools. “So, our general, sort of impression here, is that perhaps parents are choosing to keep these younger kids home and delay their start of public schooling due to the pandemic,” said Gopalakrishnan. Preliminary

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