As classroom numbers dwindle, US public schools face difficult choices | Wender Mind Kids

As classroom numbers dwindle, US public schools face difficult choices

Mission, Kan.

A school system in suburban Kansas City is cutting more than 100 jobs, including kindergarten assistants and librarians. Oakland, California is closing seven schools. Other districts across the country are merging classrooms, selling buildings, and vacating apprenticeships to fill budget gaps.

Public school systems are beginning to feel the enrollment losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding for schools is determined in part by the number of students, and in many states emergency regulations have allowed schools to maintain funding at pre-pandemic levels. But like the billions of dollars in federal aid that have helped schools weather the crisis, these measures shouldn’t last forever.