Minnesota public schools see enrollment dip due to COVID-19
February 22, 2021
ST. PAUL - Minnesota public schools saw a 2% dip in enrollment earlier this school year as more families opted to homeschool or send their children to private or parochial schools due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minnesota Department of Education on Friday, Feb. 19, reported that enrollment for the 2020-21 school year tracked 17,000 fewer students in the state's public schools compared to the academic year prior. Driving the gap was a 9% drop in kindergarten students enrolled in public schools.
Education officials said families either delayed their start by a year or instead enrolled their kids in kindergarten at a private school. Kindergarten enrollment numbers in nonpublic schools climbed by 12.4% compared to a year prior, according to the state's data.