NYC Public Schools Slated To Lose 30,000 More Students This Fall

NYC school enrollment is dropping drastically, as the largest school district is slated to lose more than 30,000 students this fall.

By Erika Hanson | Published

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Public school enrollment has been dropping for years. But today, the longstanding US education sector is facing arduous challenges like never before, and hemorrhaging families that have lost trust in the failing public school system. Major city school districts have been taking the brunt of this, and losing students left and right. NYC school enrollment is suffering greatly, and now, the largest public school district in the nation is slated to lose 30,000 students this coming fall.

The New York Post received this daunting finding from information shared via the city’s Department of Education Office of Student Enrollment. Looking at data, NYC school enrollment is already down by 28,100 students and has documented that they will lose 2,300 more by the end of the next school year. City officials have not commented on this report, but still know how urgent the situation is.

In an unrelated event last week, the Big Apples’ current Mayor, Eric Adams, who recently just was reinstated with mayoral control of the public schools, brought up the problems with NYC school enrollment. He called the situation a “very dangerous place.” According to information from NY Daily News, more than 80,000 families have left the Big Apple public schools since the onset of the pandemic. 

While public school enrollment has decreased all across the nation, urban cities have suffered the most from this growing national trend. The reason for this is likely a culmination of multiple factors. To start, families are leaving major cities because of skyrocketing housing costs. Major cities like NYC dropped in school enrollment massively because of strict COVID protocols, as families opted for private or home schools instead. In fact, many parents were outraged with the city’s public school officials for requiring students five and under to remain masked throughout the entirety of this past school year, despite lifting the requirement for everyone else. 

All of this leads to extensive worries for school officials, as they can do nothing but look on hopelessly as NYC school enrollment continues to dip. School funds are tied to enrollment, which also means that the public schools will receive less money, despite already being significantly cash strapped. On top of that, city schools that may already be racially segregated are set to become even more so, as the majority of families leaving public schools are reported to be White.

Still, education officials like public schools Chancellor David Banks remain hopeful that the district can take efforts to mitigate NYC school enrollment loss. Already this year, the district has expanded on the gifted learning program, and created more opportunities for online learning with fully virtual schools. Likewise, they boast a claim that they are eliminating bureaucracy via mayoral control. 

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Whether or not these added efforts will attract more families back to the largest school district will remain unknown for quite some time. More than likely, however, NYC school enrollment will continue to drop for quite some time. What’s more, the situation may be even more dire than what is being reported, as many city schools responded to the Office Of Enrollment’s report saying that they expect fewer students than what was documented, leading many to believe the situation is far worse than it appears.