What if the number of K-12 enrollments in government-run schools in New York City is so embarrassingly low that the city is deliberately suppressing them to avoid criticism of how school policies were handled during COVID-1?
This week the question is being asked not only by pro-independence school-choice advocates or local tabloids, but also by heavyweights from the Democratic Party, led by the City Council Education Committee and the largest local teachers’ union.
“Honorablely,” City Council Education Honorary Mark Trigger asked Donald Coeners, deputy chancellor of the Department of Education (DOE), at a hearing Wednesday, “How many students do we currently enroll in our public school system?”
That seems like a simple question. But: “And I’ll tell you respectfully,” Connors replied, “I don’t have that number to give you at the moment.”
The moment of DOE number-delivery is as late as possible Top gun: Maverick. On September 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the school attendance rate from the previous day was scientifically 822.6 percent – “clearly better than some people feared or thought, but not as high as when we had our first day of school before the last epidemic.” That was about 90 percent. “After questioning, de Blasio admitted that he was unable to produce numbers for that particular calculation. “The city’s education department is hiding important information about school admissions and attendance,” New York said Daily news End in an editorial.
NYC School Chancellor Maisha Porter promised reporters at the press conference that “as soon as we have a full presence across our system, we will share those numbers.” Three-plus weeks later, that point has been postponed until October 31, and only then because of the deadline for reporting enrollment in the state.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), complained at a city council meeting Wednesday that “they know how many kids didn’t show up.” “They are hiding it.
Local politics of school-enrollment numbers are as complex as they are unnecessary for New Yorkers, although the reality of families fleeing government-run schools seems to challenge policymakers and upset taxpayers from coast to coast. 2021-22 data roll in. At the Big Apple, teacher unions are reluctant to adhere to the workplace vaccine mandate that came into effect this week, and de Blasio insists that distance learning will be a nonstarter this school year. From the UFT’s narrow perspective, the bad numbers will prove the veracity of teachers’ claims that families of suspects need a remote alternative and more robust testing arrangements for obsolete students.
But the numbers stink in places where the unions wrote the rules. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest in the country, stunned its enrollment ocking percentage at the start of the 2021-22 academic year, after declining by a percentage point the previous year. Despite the temperate climate of Southern California, LAUSD, one of the largest closed cities in the country in 2021-21, has the nation’s most aggressive Covid-1 testing system (per student and staff, per week, regardless of vaccination status), plus teachers 12 years of age or older. And vaccination is mandatory on students.
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has received discounts after discounts from local democratic political organizations, and is now looking at a two-year 10 percent reduction on a customer basis for a free product. This will put downward pressure on the number of unionized teacher jobs.
Because Aaron Garth Smith, director of the Foundation Education Reform, mentioned last week InsideSource“States fund schools primarily based on the number of student admissions, so after decades of administrative termination, public schools could face budget cuts or growing deficits if they fail to regain parental trust.” If the LAUSD enrollment is permanent, Smith wrote, “the district would expect to receive about 250 250 million less in state funding than it would otherwise receive.”
The importance of each student fundraiser is so great that Detroit public schools this week offer free piston tickets if registered students show up in each class on “Countdown Day”. An elementary school in my Brooklyn district lost eight teachers after its two-year enrollment dropped by one-third.
New York City’s K-12 enrollment dropped by at least one percent in 2020-21, and charter schools increased by more than one percent. The nationwide enrollment decline, which was visible in all 50 states, was 3 percent. Homeschooling has already doubled.
The question arises in public educational institutions as to whether these numbers are an epidemic disruption or an inflection point. The way public schools are run, millions of parents have come face to face in the last 1 month and have not liked what they have discovered. There have been attempts to withdraw against school board members across the country, particularly in San Francisco. Controversial public school meetings have become like angry clashes with congressional town halls in the summer of 2021.
But beyond the long-term path of public education and its funding / politics, there are immediate questions about where those missing students are. Is. You will not be able to track educational progress or evaluate your efforts towards people stuck in distance learning if you do not have a baseline attendance number.
“It should be fundamental,” said Trigger, who introduced legislation for DOE enrollment data cuffs. “It should not be disputed. The fact that we have enrolled so many children in our school system right now is unacceptable to me. And insulting to this committee and the public – that they will not share attendance information and data.”