City schools bracing for budget realities of 120K enrollment drop-off

The city’s Department of Education is determined to attract families to the public school system — but is bracing for the reality if it can’t.

Schools Chancellor David Banks addressed the City Council’s education committee Monday on the proposed education budget, which accounts for student enrollment predictions and trends. Previously during the pandemic, schools did not lose funding if enrollment dropped.

According to the department, 120,000 students and families have left city schools over the last five years.

“How many more will come back? We don’t know. So we have to hope for the best but plan for the worst,” Banks told the committee.


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