Demographers have been predicting declining student numbers for decades now.
We’ve known about the baby boomers, and that the following generations had fewer children.
If you have fewer people having fewer children, the numbers decline rapidly.
The minimum replacement rate is 2.1 children (one kid replaces each parent, and 0.1 for premature death, wars, etc).
Bottom line: I’m not surprised by dwindling numbers of students in Moscow and Pullman government schools. That’s the future.
But will they need to keep increasing their budgets for fewer and fewer students.