by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The NC Department of Public Instruction released the preliminary second-month average daily membership (ADM) figures. Overall, statewide public school ADM dropped by over 27,000 students in the second month of school.
Guilford County Schools (+9,431). Wake County Schools (+1,284), and Cumberland County Schools (+1,136) added the largest number of students. Rowan-Salisbury Schools (-2,326) and New Hanover County Schools (-121) had the largest ADM decreases.