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Baltimore schools lose hundreds of students, millions in funding

Baltimore schools lose hundreds of students, millions in funding

After enrollment in Baltimore public schools unexpectedly dropped following years of growth, officials are now bracing for nearly $30 million in funding cuts and investigating whether hundreds of students were mistakenly kept on the rolls.

City schools CEO Gregory Thornton said he launched the internal investigation into student rolls after he noticed discrepancies between attendance data and what he saw when he visited schools. He said he expected to find overcrowded classrooms — a common complaint from teachers — but often did not.

"It didn't add up," Thornton said, noting that students were on the rolls but weren't present. "Maybe they were just...

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