Data Shows Students Fleeing Public Schools

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At a glance

  • U.S. public schools enrollment dropped by 1.4 million in the fall of 2020, hitting a 10-year low of 49.4 million students.
  • The sudden decline followed annual growth averaging 3 percent for more than a decade.
  • Although enrollment rebounded slightly in 2021, it remains at its lowest level since 2010 prompting some districts to consider school closures and other cost-saving measures.
  • New York City’s public school enrollment decreased to 903,000 in 2022 according to the website Gothamist, down some 10 percent over three years.

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