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student-schoolThe Tyee and Carlito Pablo have written about the continuing decline of student registraton in Vancouver, with a further 250 kids expected not to return to city schools in the Fall of 2017. The Vancouver School Board estimates that 450 less kids will enroll in the year after that.

“Beyond 2018-19 enrolment is expected to decline incrementally and then stabilize beginning in 2020, based on current projections for the population of school-aged children living in Vancouver,” acting school district associate superintendent Rob Schindel wrote in the report.

Fewer children are going to city schools, with large groups of Grade 12 students graduating and smaller numbers of kindergarten children replacing them.“Vancouver’s population, like the rest of the province, is aging…When the ‘baby-boomers’ were in their school age years, VBE [Vancouver Board of Education] increased school capacity to accommodate the surge in demand. As the ‘baby-boomers’ move into their senior years…

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