Enrollment drops worry public schools as pandemic persists

  • Emily Chao, standing, watches as her sister Anabelle works on a writing exercise, as their mom Erica sits, back left, Thursday at their home in North Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Rather than wait to see how her children’s Florida public school would teach students this fall, Erica Chao enrolled her two daughters in a private school that seemed better positioned to provide instruction online during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.