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With Kindergarten Enrollment Down Sharply Due To COVID-19, Parents Share How They’re Schooling Their Young Kids This Fall




A preschool child Fabio Armendariz takes an online class at his house, in Monterrey, state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on August 24, 2020.
A preschool child Fabio Armendariz takes an online class at his house, in Monterrey, state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on August 24, 2020.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District released numbers on Monday showing a steep decline in Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year, despite overall enrollment numbers remaining mostly the same.

Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a Monday broadcast that schools in lower-income neighborhoods had seen the most drastic enrollment drop. According to the Los Angeles Times, figures released Monday by LAUSD showed 6,000 fewer Kindergarten students enrolled compared to last year, a year-over-year drop of 14 percent.

Today on AirTalk, we’d like to hear from you if you’re the parent of a Kindergartener. Did you decide to enroll your child this year? Why or why not? If you did enroll your child, how is distance learning going for you? If not, how if at all are you supplementing your child’s education? Join our live conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Howard Blume, reporter covering education for The Los Angeles Times; he tweets @howardblume

Artineh Samkian, associate professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California; she is a former sixth grade teacher and research analyst at First5LA, an organization that funds health, safety, and early education programs for children prenatal to age 5