California’s public school system is still bleeding students

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California’s public school system is still bleeding students

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California wrecked its school system with its anti-science zealotry during the pandemic. Even now, three years after the start of the pandemic, the system has not recovered.

California’s public school K-12 enrollment dropped from 5.89 million in the 2021-22 school year to 5.85 million for the 2022-23 school year. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the state had an enrollment of 6.16 million and had steadily had between 6.1 to 6.2 million students every year. The enrollment drops are expected to continue into the future, with the state estimating it will be down to 5.46 million students by 2031.


Over the past two years, the losses have been the worst in the liberal lockdown areas that you would expect. The biggest drop was in Los Angeles County, which lost 34,000 students, 2.6% of its enrollment. That was followed by nearby Orange County and the Bay Area. Oakland parents found out firsthand exactly what this exodus of students means, as the city began shutting down schools while dealing with a deficit.

While Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has been off on his shadow presidential campaign in Florida, his own state’s education system is falling apart. Among the 50 states, California ranks near the bottom in math and reading scores and has for years.

The state was 34th in dropout rate before the pandemic led to tens of thousands of students disappearing from the system. Many of those students did not reappear at the state’s private schools. California failed them the most.


Newsom and the rest of the California Democratic Party do not care about any of this.

When it comes to education, they care only about funneling more money to teachers unions who will reciprocate by funding their campaigns. That is why California’s public school system is bleeding out, and why the students who remain in the system continue to lag behind their counterparts in other states.

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