New York public school enrollment continues to decline amid COVID-19 pandemic – The Hill

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The story at a glance

  • New York City’s public school system is struggling to retain some students more than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • At least 75% of New York public schools have reported declining enrollment, according to state data.
  • Analysis by education-focused outlet Chalkbeat shows total enrollment in the nation’s largest public school system has fallen to around 821,000 students.

Most New York City public schools have seen declining enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to state data.

According to an analysis of point of sale centered on education Chalkbeat.

Overall, enrollment in the New York City public school system fell 5.6% to approximately 821,000 K-12 students.and note, according to the analysis. According to city officials, the state data used in the Chalkbeat analysis does not include enrollment numbers for New York City’s non-traditional K-12 programs.

According to preliminary enrollment data from the New York City Department of Education released last October, 938,000 students from preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade are enrolled in the city’s public school system.

Since the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, the number of students enrolled in public schools in the Big Apple has fallen by 9%, the analysis adds.


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But the decline in enrollment has not been evenly distributed across different demographic groups. According to the analysis, enrollment among black and white students in the city fell 7.5% for both populations, the largest dropout of any racial group.

Enrollment of Asian Americans this school year fell 5%, while enrollment of Latino students fell 4.5%, the outlet added.

In addition, enrollment of students with disabilities decreased by 8%, which could potentially be the result of fewer special education referrals being made during the pandemic, the outlet said.


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Posted on January 31, 2022

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