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COVID exodus: Where did 1 million public school students go? New data sheds some light.

Posted on AllSides February 9th, 2023
From The Center
Gabby Jones for Chalkbeat

Until now, it was one of the pandemic’s great mysteries: Where did the missing students go?

When classes resumed in fall 2020, several months after COVID struck, enrollment in the nation’s public schools had plummeted by more than a million students. It was the largest single-year decline since World War II. And defying hopes of a rapid rebound, enrollment barely budged the following year.

There have been clues about where students went, such as the steep rise in homeschooling, but a full explanation of the public school exodus has been elusive. Now,...

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