Enrollment down in Minnesota schools
(St. Paul, MN) -- Enrollment is down about two percent in Minnesota schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) today (Friday) reported that about 17-thousand fewer students in public school enrolled between last year and this year.
M-D-E says the drop is due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and families making "choices that they believed were best for their students including delaying starting kindergarten for our younger learners and some considered nonpublic options."
The per-pupil nature of the education funding formula means that a loss of student enrollment will impact the amount of funding districts receive to operate their schools and support student learning.