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Changes in the 100 Largest School Districts Between 1998 and 2008

While there has been considerable change in rank by size within the 100 largest school districts over time, the lists of school districts in 1998–99 and 2008–09 are similar. Only 20 of the 100 largest school districts in 1998–99 were not among the 100 largest school districts in 2008–09 (see table D-4 for a list of the 100 largest school districts in 1998–99).15

Between 1998–99 and 2008–09, the number of students in the 100 largest school districts increased by 3 percent, and the number of FTE teaching positions increased by 20 percent (table 4). However, while the numbers of students and teachers increased between these years, the proportion of the total for the United States and jurisdictions these numbers represent was essentially unchanged. For example, the 100 largest school districts included 23 percent of all students in 1998–99 and 22 percent in 2008–09.

15 When comparing the 100 largest school districts in 1998–99 to those in 2008–09, note that some of the districts changed their name during this period. The 17 public school districts that were among the 100 largest in 1998–99 but not in 2008–09 include Oakland Unified, California; San Juan Unified, California; District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia; Escambia County School District, Florida; Wichita, Kansas; Caddo Parish School Board, Louisiana; East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, Louisiana; Jefferson Parish School Board, Louisiana; Orleans Parish School Board, Louisiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota; St. Louis City, Missouri; Buffalo City School District, New York; Cincinnati City School District, Ohio; Portland School District 1J, Oregon; Ysleta Independent School District, Texas; and Seattle, Washington.