The nation’s public schools have taken a devastating hit when it comes to student enrollment. Approximately 1.5 million students left public schools last year; an overall drop of three percent.
Hmm, it’s almost as if parents were tired of teachers refusing to teach.
The number of students attending public schools during the 2020-2021 academic year fell by roughly 3% compared with the previous year. The data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency that analyzes education figures.
The 3% drop represents some 1.5 million students according to the preliminary report. A final report will not be available until next spring, according to the NCES. Figures come from reports generated by state departments of education.
Losing 1.5 million students in a school year is a very big deal.
Ross Santy, associate commissioner for the NCES, noted how rare it is for public schools to lose students.
“K-12 enrollment in our nation’s public schools has been increasing almost every year since the start of this century,” Santy said in a statement. “Before this year, in the few recent years where we have seen enrollment decreases, they have been small changes representing less than 1 percent of total enrollment.”
Remember when the Los Angeles teacher’s union refused to work until all their demands were net? Remember when Philadelphia’s public schools refused to reopen classes until March 8th, a month before summer vacation?
You think these ridiculous power plays had something to do with the loss of students? I do.