Urban public schools are losing students

The nation’s two largest school districts, New York City and Los Angeles, are hemorrhaging students at an alarming rate (“Why NYC’s public schools are losing kids – and how to get them back,” New York Daily News, Jul. 24). It’s easy to attribute the decline to the pandemic, which resulted in the closing of their doors.  But I submit there is a more fundamental problem.

The truth is that parents don’t believe traditional public schools offer a quality education.  That’s why they have enrolled their children in charter schools, private schools or in home schools. The curriculum that once was solidly grounded in the basics has been weakened by the obsession with racial issues.  I don’t see matters getting any better.

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