Opinion | Stop Classroom Learning, Lose Students

Students and families have paid a high price for pandemic school shutdowns. Now a study shows that school districts and teachers unions may pay a financial price for keeping children out of classrooms.

K-12 enrollment nation-wide declined by nearly 3%, or about 1.3 million students, over the past two school years, according to the report by the American Enterprise Institute. Notably, enrollment dropped more in 2020-2021 in districts with the most remote learning (3.2%) than those with the most in-person learning (2.1%). Many parents decided to home-school their children rather than have them stare at screens all day.

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