By Kerry McDonald Public school enrollment has consistently declined across most states this academic year, and there are new signs that the trend will continue this fall. On Thursday, New York City’s education department reported that kindergarten applications for the 2021/2022 school year dropped 12 percent, from 63,000 to under 55,500 applications. Overall New York … [Read more...] about Public Kindergarten Enrollment is Plummeting — Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing
By Linnea Johnson People choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons. I began homeschooling in the fall of 2012 when after a year in public kindergarten, it became apparent my intelligent but immature son was going to have problems. He did very well at home, as did my daughter and younger son. We lived in the Houston area when we began homeschooling, and most of the … [Read more...] about Just in Case You Needed More Incentive to Homeschool…
By Kerry McDonald Many families took one look at their school district’s remote or hybrid learning offerings this fall and said “no, thank you.” That’s the message gleaned from national and state-specific data on the surging number of homeschooled students this academic year. Prior to the pandemic and related school closures last spring, there were just under two million … [Read more...] about Homeschooling More Than Doubles During the Pandemic
By Linnea Johnson Public schools have had a chance to evaluate student attendance data and have found “missing students” between the Spring and Fall semesters of this school year. You might ask why they are concerned about this fact. Is it because they are concerned about students who are not getting an education? Is it because they feel the need to “protect” those … [Read more...] about NM Public Schools Are Missing 12K Students and They Want Them Back — Is It All About the Money?
By Kerry McDonald Ongoing and renewed shutdowns of public schools across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in astonishing public school enrollment drops. NPR recently reported that public school districts in at least 20 states have seen shrinking numbers of students this fall, with Orange County and Miami-Dade County in Florida down 8,000 and 16,000 … [Read more...] about Public School Enrollment Plummets as Private Schools See Gains