News in Brief

Most Schools in Puerto Rico Open, Though Student Enrollment Is Down

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The vast majority of Puerto Rico's schools have reopened, even though many remain without electricity.

As of Dec. 1, 1,075 of nearly 1,200 schools were operating, according to the island's education secretary, Julia Keleher. Thirty-eight schools have been permanently closed because of structural damage. Even before Hurricane Maria struck in late September, the U.S. territory had shut down a large number of schools because of financial problems.

Student enrollment now stands at about 331,000, down from approximately 350,000 before Maria hit. Keleher didn't have information on how many teachers had returned to work. She granted a hardship waiver giving teachers until January to report. Although Puerto Rico's schools were allowed to reopen without power, they did need to be able to provide water to students.

Vol. 37, Issue 15, Page 4

Published in Print: December 13, 2017, as Most Schools in Puerto Rico Open, Though Student Enrollment Is Down
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented