Grantee documents risk to Pittsburgh’s public education system as enrollment dwindles

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As enrollment declines in Pittsburgh’s public schools, the impact is far reaching. Reporter Laia Mistry, writing for Public Source with support from the Fund, found that with funding linked to the actual number of enrolled students, a common practice in many school systems, dwindling enrollment could make it difficult for the system to maintain its infrastructure and may disproportionately affect low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Payouts to charter schools compound the public system’s struggles, Mistry found.