PORTLAND -- Oregon's K-12 enrollment has reached a record high. The state Department of Education announced Tuesday that 567,098 students enrolled in public schools last fall.
That's a jump of nearly 3,400 students from 2012-13. The 0.6 percent gain represents the second consecutive increase after five years of slight declines.
State education officials can't pinpoint a reason for the reversal. Portland remains the largest of the state's nearly 200 school districts, with more than 47,000 students.
Salem-Keizer, Beaverton and Hillsboro are the only other districts with more than 20,000 students. According to the numbers, more than half of Oregon students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch and nonwhite students make up 35 percent of the student population.