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Mass Exodus of Students Is Costing Delaware School District and Taxpayers

A total of 8,700 students from the Christina district attend non-district schools. That’s 38 percent — far more than any other district.

Each year, there’s more empty seats at Christina schools, as parents are increasingly “choicing” into other districts, or picking charter or vo-tech schools, according to state and school district data analyzed by WHYY.

Elizabeth Paige, a Christina school board member who served as board president until recently, said the ever-rising number causes her and others on the board and across the district deep concern.

“We definitely have capacity in our buildings,” Paige said. “There’s conversations that that have been going on for a long time now about the issue.”