Parents at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights had an inkling the school lost students last fall. Tanya Messado saw her daughter’s class drop to 23 children, from 30.

“We’re all very close. I knew some of them had moved out of state, some of them had moved to private school, so it was very obvious from the start what was going on,” Messado, the parliamentarian of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, said.

Data just released by the Education Department made it official. Public school enrollment fell 4% citywide, but the decline was sharper at schools like P.S. 9, which lost 73 students, nearly 8% of enrollment.

Parents at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights had an inkling the school lost students last fall. Tanya Messado saw her daughter’s class drop to 23 children, from 30.

“We’re all very close. I knew some of them had moved out of state, some of them had moved to private school, […]

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