Report: San Francisco School Enrollment Plunges as Mostly White Families Flee District


The San Francisco public school enrollment is plummeting as mostly white families are fleeing the district, a report at the San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday.

According to the news report, more than 1,700 public school students have left the city’s district over the past year, with possibly a continued exodus into the start of the next academic year in the fall.

The drop in enrollment could lead to a loss in state funding of about $20 million.

The Chronicle noted a school budget report released Wednesday that found enrollment in the district at the end of the current year was 50,955, the lowest in decades, a drop that was more than three percent lower than enrollment at the end of the 2020 academic year.

A drop of 299 white students, or four percent, was the largest loss to enrollment.

The district’s kindergarten class is seeing a nearly ten percent decline from the previous year, with 3,504 children registered, a number that represents a loss of 374 children.

The Chronicle reported kindergarten applications have experienced a 55 percent drop from white families.

School district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe blamed the pandemic for the significant drop in public school enrollments.

“This year has been filled with uncertainty and challenges for families,” she said. “The pandemic has changed the circumstances of many, not just families in San Francisco. Enrollment decline can be seen in many public school districts.”

San Francisco native blogger Michelle Tandler, who describes herself as a “moderate Dem,” tweeted about the state of the San Francisco district:

It’s down 55% among white families.

This is what happens when the BOE spends the entire year debating how to rename schools instead of how to safely reopen.

Or are they starting to recognize that all this vitriolic hatred and “social justice” rhetoric is driving people away…?

My bet is that board leaders refer to the departed white families as racist & supremacist. Shame.

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