Teachers union celebrates declining public school enrollment in NYC as 'golden opportunity'

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The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) tweeted Thursday that it’s a positive development that class enrollment in NYC is down because it provides a “golden opportunity” to teach UFT approved curriculum to smaller class sizes. However, lower enrollment in NYC schools will likely, and soon, lead to larger class sizes as schools will close and merge because of the drop in students.

“Declining student enrollment actually gives @NYCSchools a ‘golden opportunity’ to tackle large class sizes, says @LiuNewYork at @CityAndStateNY panel. ‘It’s much easier to phase in a plan when class sizes are down. Let’s keep them down and build capacity as students return,'” tweeted the UFT from their official account.

According to Chalkbeat New York, student enrollment has dropped 9.5 percent since the start of the Covid pandemic. Roughly 30,000 fewer students are expected to enroll in 2022 compared to 2022. These declines have immediate impacts on school budgeting and funding, which likely lead to closures and mergers.

“Recent budget cuts due to declining enrollment will likely result in higher class sizes,” reports Chalkbeat.

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