Families are leaving public schools. How will that change education?

On an icy January morning, Superintendent Susan Enfield arrives at Marvin Moss Elementary School with three rubber ducks tucked discreetly in her purse.

She greets staff in the front office before making a beeline toward the wing containing some of the school’s youngest learners. There, she pops into a kindergarten classroom unannounced.

“What’s something you love about your teacher?” she asks the students.

Why We Wrote This

The pandemic led to enrollment declines in public schools across the United States. As more parents mull other options, how are districts rethinking their bottom line – and their mission?

Little hands shoot up. One by one, they share their thoughts, some pausing to find the right words.

“She is fun.”