Miami-Dade surpasses Chicago as the nation's third largest school district - at least for now

Miami-Dade surpasses Chicago as the nation's third largest school district - at least for now

Chicago’s school chief Pedro Martinez says the declines are due to a number of factors.

“Our enrollment numbers reflect many changes, including declining birth rates,” Martinez said at a Chicago Board of Education meeting this week, according to WBEZ. “But they also present us with an opportunity to review our practices and to ensure that we’re providing the best programming and services to our students.”

But like districts across the country, Miami-Dade has been losing students as the pandemic has pushed families to rethink what they want out of their schools.

LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who previously led MDCPS, has said that one of the factors driving students out of public schools — especially undocumented immigrants — is the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.

"There was no opportunity to work. The kids left with the families. And they left by the thousands,” Carvalho told journalists during a national conference of the Education Writers Association in July.