Enrollment Drops Worry Public Schools as Pandemic Persists
Parents around the United States are deciding whether to keep their children in public schools as the pandemic extends into a new academic year.
October 14, 2020
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Rather than wait to see how her children's Florida public school would teach students this fall, Erica Chao enrolled her two daughters in a private school that seemed better positioned to provide instruction online during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.
The virtual lessons that Emily, 8, and Annabelle, 6, received in the spring while enrolled at a Miami-Dade County elementary school became a "free for all," Chao said. The private school classes, by contrast, hold the girls' attention, and their mother no longer worries they will fall behind if she doesn't attend school with them at home.
"For the first time since March, I was able to walk away," Chao said.