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After a half-decade of drifting downward, California's public school enrollment edged upward during the 2010-11 school year, according to a new collection of data from the state Department of Education.

Enrollment hit a high of just over 6.3 million in 2004-05 and dropped to just under 6.2 million in 2009-10 before increasing by about 27,000. Education officials say the upward trend "may be the result of a more complete data collection" but it could also reflect an increase in births in recent years.

The data was collected through CALPADS, the state's new education data collection system. Ironically, however, Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget would eliminate money for the system, saying that it needs an in-depth evaluation before continuing.

The new enrollment report, which includes data by county, grade level and ethnicity, can be found here.


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