In today’s Missoulian, K-12 education reporter Jamie Kelly takes us all the way back to the baby boomer generation and explains how the “echoes” of that generation have affected local school enrollment.

To wit: Missoula County Public Schools enrollment has been on the decline for the past seven years. But not this year.

MCPS this year saw a big increase in kindergarten enrollment. The 660 kids it took in is about 120 more than its 10-year average.

These kindergartners are among the 8,555 students currently attending school in Missoula, up from 8,381 last year.

So if you have a kiddo in school, and it seems like there are more kids in your kid’s school, now you know why.

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