Analysis: Public School Enrollment Down Nationwide, Highlighting Pandemic’s Toll On Education. See more national education news here

| December 29, 2020

By Kalyn Belsha and Gabrielle LaMarr Lemee of Chalkbeat and Leah Willinham and   Larry Fenn of The Associated Press, Chalkbeat

Fearful of sending her two children back to school as the coronavirus pandemic raged in Mississippi, Angela Atkins decided to give virtual learning a chance this fall.

Almost immediately, it was a struggle. Their district in Lafayette County didn’t offer live instruction to remote learners, and Atkins’ fourth grader became frustrated with doing worksheets all day and missed interacting with teachers and peers. Her seventh grader didn’t receive the extra support he did at school through his special education plan — and started getting failing grades.

After nine weeks, Atkins switched to home schooling.

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