Washington state public schools are losing students in unprecedented numbers. In a presentation to the State Senate Committee, it was reported the November 2021 numbers are trending 4.5% lower than the February forecast.
Bilingual student enrollment fell 6.9%, and special education enrollment fell 8.1%.
Several parents decided to enroll kids in private schools, join learning pods, or be homeschooled. Parents cited no in-person instruction during the Covid pandemic, curriculum-based in critical race theory and hyper-sexualized material, as well as lack of safety for reasons they pulled their kids from schools.
According to the Post Millennial, “Elaine Deschamps, executive director for the Caseload Forecast Council, originally believed the falloff to be due to COVID, but is now admitting the drop is systemic.”
Earlier in November, three Washington school districts canceled days of school due to a lack of staffing. Seattle, Kent, and Bellevue districts were short-staffed due to Governor Inslee’s vaccine mandate for all K-12 teachers. Teachers and substitutes that were not in compliance we fired.
On Wednesday, the board of directors of Seattle public schools approved a resolution asking the Washington State Board of Health to add the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of required immunizations. They are asking this to be required for all students to attend in-person learning.
The board requested this even as their enrollment numbers are declining. The board requested the review to begin once the FDA fully approves the vaccine.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, only 27% of parents will get their children aged 5-11 the Covid vaccine once it becomes available. The survey found, “76 percent of those surveyed said that they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned about long-term side effects, while 71 percent worried about serious side effects.”
Out of Washington’s 9,056 deaths from Covid-19, less than 20 were children under 19. A total of 712 children out of 75 million have died from Covid since the start of the pandemic. Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state’s acting Chief Science Officer, said:
“The obvious things like underlying immune suppression — so cancer and certainly diabetes. Some of the other things in the older age group are things like obesity.”
In August, Seattle public schools resorted to begging parents to re-enroll their children. The low enrollment number affected the district’s budget, with the district losing funding for the loss of students. A Twitter image showed the budget deficit to be $69.8 million.
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