Enrollment Declines Haunt School Districts that Stayed Remote Longer, Enforced Masking

While enrollment in the country’s K-12 public schools has declined nationally – dropping roughly 3% during the 2020-21 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics – it’s rebounding in districts that reopened for in-person learning faster and continuing to decline in those that did not, according to researchers at the American Enterprise Institute, which collected and analyzed enrollment data published to more than 12,000 school district websites.