1.4 million in New York City Public Schools, vs. 1.8 million the same period last year.
Undoubtedly, some of the recent decrease in enrollment is a result of students continuing to relocate to New York from other states. In April, for example, three New York high schools announced that they would be opening as foreign language academies to help combat the threat of a “late wave” of foreign language graduates entering the national workforce.
By the end of the 2017-18 school year, New York had released data showing a 4.5 percent decrease in the total student population — from 1,795,198 students in 2016-17 to 1,763,626 for the 2017-18 school year.
New York City was the first major school district in the country to shutter a school during the pandemic. On Feb. 9, 1958, the Board of Education decided to close East India School, located in Harlem. Those displaced students were transferred to other schools, either in school buildings or neighborhood public housing.