American Public Schools Lost More Than A Million Students Last Year

More than a million students disappeared from public school rolls during the 2020-2021 school year according to a new report from Education Week that analyzed available state-collected data about schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“America’s public school system lost almost 1.3 million students this year, according to an Education Week analysis of state data,” the outlet reported Wednesday. “The loss was spread out across the nation, touching almost every demographic group and concentrated in lower grades. It will likely have academic, financial, and staffing repercussions for years to come.”

The drop represents a 3% drop in enrollment across the board — and it could be larger. Education Week was only able to get information from 47 states. Delaware, Illinois, and North Carolina all have yet to report their enrollment data. Some of the data that Education Week received was, in the outlet’s words, “preliminary.”

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