Who could have possibly imagined that long-term lockdowns would lead to long-term disinterest in schools?
Especially when the elitist lockdown policies presumed all students had nonstop, fast-speed Internet access to accommodate online school and parents had all the free time in the world to watch kids during their jobs while woke teachers refused to go to theirs.
And, lo and behold, one of the most woke cities of all, complete with “professional protestors,” is finally facing an enrollment crisis long in the making.
The woke Seattle Times began the news with a typical snowflake approach, right down to the use of the phrase “tip toe.”
“Faced with millions in budget shortfalls and declining enrollment across the district, Seattle Public Schools is tiptoeing around the idea that it may have to close some schools in a few years,” the newspaper reported.
Not exactly. More like nosediving right into the reality of the aftermath of more poorly conceived political policies.
Unless, of course, the real end game is to disempower everyone but political elites dominating Washington. In that case, Democat polices are going quite swimmingly.
According to a scathing report from Fox News, which took a more realistic approach than the “tiptoeing” Times, Seattle has suffered the loss of several thousand students since the start of its mandatory lockdowns.
“The city’s school system has lost more than 3,500 students since the pandemic and expects to lose another 3,000 by the 2025-2026 school year, according to data from the district. If that happens, it will mark a 12.5% decrease in enrollment over six years,” the report noted gloomily.
As depicted in numerous graphs, the drops in enrollment were especially precipitous at the elementary and middle school level, suggesting that more than one family has woken up to Democrat machinations in public schools and promptly yanked their children out of the Marxist indoctrination centres.
Fred Podesta, the district’s interim deputy superintendent, has been hinting to parents that schools may be “consolidating” in the future, which is not exactly the most transparent language in the world.
What he means by “consolidating” is “closing,” which can and will have a massive impact on the most vulnerable families in the city.
Then again, perhaps that’s partly why he’s “interim.”
“We’re trying to preserve resources in schools. That’s the main thing for people to know,” Podesta declared.
After facing criticism for not being more direct with families, Podesta immediately jumped to his own defense.
“Immediate assumptions should not be made this early in the conversation. What’s equitable [and] conditions of the building are also going to be taken into account when thinking about this,” Podesta declared.
Ah, the sound economics of equity.
Something suggests that economics, rather than equity, will really make the school closure decisions, if only because school districts can’t yet print money the way the Federal Reserve can, on apparent Democrat demand.
An even more intriguing development is that the school district is apparently unsure of where all the students are vanishing to, though history suggests more than one will likely pop up as a “protestor” in the future.
Jen Garrison Stuber of the Washington Homeschool Organization believes several students may have gone on to brighter, less violent school pastures.
“I really think that what Seattle’s seeing, where those students have gone are either to private schools or they’ve left the school district and have moved elsewhere,” Stuber continued.
Not just Seattle, however … as Portland’s public schools are apparently even worse in terms of ever-declining student attendance figures.
Oregon Live, while taking a gentler approach to the crisis, can’t avoid the facts.
Or the data, which liberals happen to be obsessed with, until it inconveniences their nefarious plans.
“Seattle Public Schools’ highest enrollment count in recent years came in 2019-20, when the district taught 53,627 students. This year, it has an enrollment of 50,056 … Portland Public Schools, which enrolls somewhat fewer students than Seattle, has seen an even more precipitous drop: After serving almost exactly 49,500 students in fall 2017, 2018 and 2019, the district enrolled just 45,456 this fall, a drop of more than 4,000 students. Nearly all of that decline occurred in elementary schools,” Oregon Live reported.
Great. That’s 4,000 fewer students subjected to transgender ideology.
Author: Jane Jones