NYC public schools experiencing ‘massive hemorrhaging of students’, some say it’s ‘much worse’

The mass exodus from New York City public schools is expected to continue this fall as educators plan for the upcoming school year to begin in the coming months.

The Office of Student Enrollment projects that 28,100 fewer students will show up on the first day of school and anticipate another 2,300 will flee the government schools by the end of the year, according to data provided to the New York Post on Friday.

The statistics exclude independently-run charter schools that have seen record enrollment, gaining 45,666 students or a 48.4 percent increase in total enrollment, over the last six years in New York City, according to a recent report. Nontraditional public programs and schools for disabled children are also excluded from the headcount.

This year’s decline isn’t an isolated event either.

The Department of Education reported that over the past five years, parents have pulled an estimated 120,000 children out of the city’s schools.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams noted the “dangerous place” the public school system was in in a speech earlier this week.

“We have a massive hemorrhaging of students – massive hemorrhaging. We’re in a very dangerous place in the number of students that we are dropping,” Adams said.

The majority of school officials did not contest the projected enrollment numbers which are used to calculate school funding, but a third of the 656 schools that provided feedback on the projections expected fewer students than the DOE predicts. A little more than 400 schools out of some 1,400 schools in the system, reported that they believed the enrollment calculations were too low.

Some felt that if these were the numbers being made public, it was just the tip of the iceberg and estimated that the truth of the matter was probably much more dire.

Others were more concerned for the teachers and their paychecks than the education of the children.

Last month, the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) David C. Banks said the drop in enrollment was due to parents “voting with their feet.”

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